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Watch Robert Downey Jr walk out of a supremely awkward TV interview

It was a bad day at the office for Robert Downey Jr. on Wednesday after he allowed himself to get riled by a British TV interviewer who, not for the first time, has managed to get under the skin of a Hollywood A-lister.

Downey Jr. is in the UK promoting Avengers: Age of Ultron, doing the usual round of interviews to sell the new movie. Part of this process usually involves sitting in a small room, often for hours on end, answering the same questions over and over again. It’s a routine that would certainly test the patience of even the most tolerant of jet-lagged movie stars.

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The actor’s interview with Channel 4 News took a turn for the worst just over five minutes in, when interviewer Krishnan Guru-Murthy brought up the subject of Downey Jr’s well-documented turbulent past.

As Guru-Murthy proceeded with his line of questioning, Downey Jr, looking visibly uncomfortable, shoots a please-get-me-out-of-here look at his publicist. Staying in his seat, he then meets his interviewer’s eyes with a gaze of such fury that you fully expect the Iron Man star to pick up his chair and use it to test the bounciness of Guru-Murthy’s head.

The excruciatingly awkward encounter struggles on like a run through a tub of mud, prompting an increasingly angry-looking Downey Jr. to clarify why he was there. “I’m sorry….I really don’t…what are we doing?” he asks the interviewer.

As this point the publicist steps in, bringing proceedings to a halt. As a member of the production team removes his mic, the actor can be heard saying, “You seem OK but it’s just getting a little Diane Sawyer in here.” And then he was gone.

‘I’m shutting your butt down’

It’s not the first time Guru-Murthy has succeeded in winding up a big Hollywood name. Two years ago the journalist pressed Quentin Tarantino on the issue of violence in his movies. However, the writer and director  tired of being asked the same old questions and keen to get on with the job of promoting his latest work  told Guru-Murthy, “I’m shutting your butt down,” a turn of phrase not often heard by Brits, though thanks to the irritation with which it was delivered, one which was clearly understood by the Channel 4 News anchor.

To see Guru-Murthy’s interview (above) with Downey Jr turn awkward, jump in at the 5:25 mark, and when you’re done, take a look below to see Tarantino shutting Guru-Murthy’s butt down.