I’m going to start this with a standing O and three bravos for Robert Downey, Jr. Downey walked out on an interview with Krishnan Guru-Murthy, and I say, as the British might say, grand for him.
I have very little respect for what I call “past gropers,” interviewers who want to dig up bones. The actor Downey was furious when the line of questioning suddenly turned personal in a chat with Channel 4 in London to promote his new film Avengers: Age of Ultron.
I saw the video of the interview, and Downey was fine when the show started. As arranged, he would talk about his experiences on the new hit movie, which premiered in Britain on Tuesday, April 21. It should be noted that Downey’s son was arrested for cocaine possession in West Hollywood Sunday afternoon, April 12, and you could see he was getting very fidgety when interviewer Krishnan Guru-Murthy began asking about his long-conquered personal demons, prompting Downey to ask, “Are we promoting a movie? What are we doing?” The gravedigger Krishnan Guru-Murthy kept digging, and Downey walked out. I will say he handled it much more politely than I would have. I would have walked off but might have thrown my chair at him on the way out. There are just some issues you leave alone.
Interviewers who use trick questions or gimmicks to get into a fiery debate are only one level above my distaste (my polite word) for paparazzi, which I wrote about in September: “I’ll be Watching You, Paparazzi” http://dbsanders.podbean.com/e/ill-be-watching-you-papparizi/. Now on to other things.
QUICK THOUGHT ONE: I have two Facebook accounts, one as Dan Sanders, the other as Dan Sanders from Rambling Harbor, and I’m thinking (operative word here is thinking) that second one will become my primary site for posting blogs and podcasts and staying in touch with those who want to be in touch with me. I have 495 friends on regular Facebook, and 111 have accepted my request to join Rambling Harbor. When I explain this in the podcast, it will make sense, I hope, and your thoughts will be welcome (and no, I will not save it for 3 hours into the podcast. This isn’t The Longest Most Meaningless Movie in the World, a real movie. You can look it up).
QUICK THOUGHT TWO: 87 days! As of April 23, it has been 87 days since NFL commissioner Roger “not as quick as a rabbit” Goodell said he would hand down a decision on the Patriots’ deflated balls, footballs, of course. As I said in a blog and podcast in February, the Watergate investigation took less time.
I’ll have more to say on all of this (if I can remember what it was), and as always there will be some musical notes on the shores of Rambling Harbor. Join me there.