Iconic actor Robert De Niro is the latest star to storm out of an interview, complaining of the 'negative inference' in the journalist's questions

Even legends have their off days, as Robert De Niro has proved by storming out of an interview whilst promoting his new film The Intern.

The iconic actor apparently took offence to questions put to him by Radio Times journalist Emma Brockes.

The writer has revealed that Oscar-winning Rob asked her to pause her dictaphone after she quizzed him about New York’s Tribeca being overrun by bankers and asked a question about how he avoids falling into ‘autopilot’ mode.

She then claims the Meet The Parents star got up out of his chair and started ‘pacing madly’ before cutting the interview short, complaining of their ‘negative inference.’

‘What, about the bankers?!’ the journalist asked, to which De Niro responded: ‘All the way through. Negative inference.’ When asked to what he was referring, Rob replied: ‘The whole way through and I’m not doing it. I’m not doing it, darling.’

Umm, awkward much?

Still, he’s not the first celeb to struggle his way though a chat with a journo. Get ready for your cringe glands to flare up, these are 6 of the most awkward celeb interviews you’ll ever watch – and sadly, you won’t be able to un-see them…

1. Cara Delevingne


During a promotional interview for her movie Paper Towns, the American hosts didn’t seem to warm to model-turned-actor Cara Delevingne’s sarcastic humour. When the 22-year-old was asked is her busy schedule meant she didn’t have time to read the script, she jokingly replied she’d never even read it and ‘winged it’, before giving her real answer.

After continuing to answer questions in her trademark, goofy manner, one of the hosts mentioned how she seemed less excited than in other interviews and suggested she was ‘a bit irritated’. The hosts then told poor Cara to go have a nap and Red Bull, to which Cara is seen mouthing ‘too far’.

Safe to say she won’t be giving them an interview again.

2. Meg Ryan

Meg Ryan’s interview with Michael Parkinson was jam-packed with short and blunt answers, and she even talks about how awkward she finds interviews, WHILE in the interview. Parkinson doesn’t really help matters though by pointing out how uncomfortable the actress seems – way to state the obvious! It’s SO bad that Meg even suggests that Michael just wraps it up ASAP.

This isn’t the only time one of Parky’s interviews has caught attention though, as when a young Helen Mirren was on his show, he was branded sexist as he suggested she was ‘projecting sluttish eroticism’ and asked her if her being an absolute babe was a hindrance to her becoming successful – to which she replied: ‘because serious actresses can’t have big bosoms, is what what you mean?’ Even back then, Ms. Mirren was fierce!

3. David Blaine

If you’re not great with awkward pauses, may want to skip this interview that Eamon Holmes did with David Blaine, where we’re not sure is he’s still half asleep… Not a big fan of words, David’s answers – which he mumbles through – could fit into a 140-character tweet. Eamon is basically how we’d be like in this situation and awkwardly laughs his way through surviving this car crash, before branded this interview as ‘different.’ We’ll say!

4. Robert Downey Jnr

Robert Downey Jnr has always seemed like a pretty funny and cool guy who we’d want to hang out with – he’s Iron Man after all! But after seeing him walk out of an interview with Krishnan Guru-Murthy, we might think twice before inviting him to our dinner party.

After Krishnan suggests that the 50-year-old actor is becoming a ‘better man’ much like his superhero character, it’s followed with awkward laughter, and stuttering from the actor. Not seeming to comfortable with Krishnan’s questions, RDJr says to him: ‘are we promoting a movie?’ and ‘your foot’s starting to jump a little bit, you better get to your next question’, before ultimately standing up and cheerfully saying ‘bye!’ while doing so – well, at least that’s something.

5. Quentin Taratino

We’re a bit in awe and also terrified of Quentin Taratino all at the same time, but after this interview with that scamp Kristnan Guru-Murphy again, the pendulum’s swayed more towards the frightening side of things. After being pressed about the violence in his films while promoting Ten Years a Slave, he refused to answer any of Kristnan’s questions saying: ‘I’m not your slave, I’m not your master. I’m not your monkey!’

Oh god, and it gets worse. The film producer tells Kristnan that he should interview Jamie Foxx instead and that people should Google him instead, before telling the interviewer: ‘I’m shutting your butt down!’ Verbally or literally – whichever sense of the phrase he means that, it doesn’t sound great does it?

6.) Kerry Katona


When Kerry Katona appeared on This Morning, slurring her words and constantly convincing Phillip Schofield and Fern Britton that she’s finem after the press had been saying that she’s drunk, it made for pretty uncomfortable watching. Phillip pointed out how the mum-of-four seemed like a much more different person than she was now to a couple of years ago. Kerry says that her mannerisms may be down to her medication and seems to be overcompensating for her odd behaviour – you know, when you keep telling people you’re OK when you’re really NOT.

Congrats. You’ve got through it and survived some MAJORLY awkward interviews – you deserve a medal.


Amy Lo