Award-winning and respected actor Robert De Niro walked out of an interview for his latest film The Intern. And he isn’t in the habit of granting many interviews in the first place. Even British journalist Piers Morgan wrote in a 2012 article that appeared in The Daily Mail Online that De Niro is “the hardest star to interview.”
Robert was speaking with Emma Brockes of Radio Times and when she asked how he manages to not let himself go into “autopilot” mode while acting on a film, then commented that New York’s Tribeca district (where De Niro co-founded the Tribeca Film Festival) has been taken over by bankers, he became offended and asked her to stop the recording.
She wrote: “He then pops up out of his chair, starts pacing madly and says he’s cutting short the interview because of the ‘negative inference’ of what I just said.”
The interviewer asked in surprise whether he was talking about her comment about the bankers and he replied, “The whole way through and I’m not doing it. I’m not doing it, darling.”
Brockes told The Huffington Post in an email: “It was a long day for everyone. I thought he was terrific in the film, and I quite admire his refusal to play the publicity game, but it does make things tricky from my end.” ~Sharon Salsberg