Academy Award-winner Robert De Niro walked out of an interview with a British reporter for Radio Times when he didn't like some of the questions.
Radio Times' Emma Brockes was interviewing De Niro, 72, known to be gruff during interviews, who was promoting his latest film "The Intern" with co-star Anne Hathaway, according to The Guardian
Brockes said De Niro appeared to be unhappy with her suggestion that the Tribeca Film Festival, which the actor co-founded, has been overrun mostly by bankers and a question about how he avoids going into "autopilot" on set after a long acting career.
According to Brockes, the actor asked her to pause her recorder and then paced the interview room before saying he was not continuing with the interview because of "negative inference."
"All the way through. Negative inference," De Niro told Brockes, noted The Guardian. "The whole way through and I'm not doing it. I'm not doing it, darling."
According the excerpt of the Radio Times
interview posted on Wednesday, De Niro continued to complain about the interview.
"You're probably not even aware that you're doing it, the negative inference, the negative inference," De Niro told Brockes. "I'm a very good reader of character."
De Niro rejected Brockes' idea that being on autopilot was a negative in acting.
"You know – autopilot is not wrong," De Niro said. "At times – I don't even look at it in that way. Because sometimes when you're acting, as people do in life, they're on autopilot, because of the nature of the situation. It's necessary for them to be on autopilot. That's the best thing they can do. It's very effective in the scene, because that's what it is."
But it was the question about banks and the Tribeca Film Festival that made De Niro ask Brockes to pause her recorder and end the interview. Brockes described De Niro as "glum" as he sat next to Hathaway during the interview.
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