Robert De Niro Reportedly Walks Out of “Negative” Interview: “I’m Not Doing It, Darling”

Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro reportedly walked out of an interview for his movie The Intern.  Taylor Hill/FilmMagic

You talkin’ to him? Robert De Niro was reportedly not in the mood during a recent interview with the Radio Times. Reporter Emma Brockes gave The Guardian a detailed account of her experience attempting to interview The Intern star, 72, about his upcoming comedy and his career. 

Brockes claimed that she asked De Niro about two topics that seemingly upset him. First, she questioned him about the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City, home to the famed film festival which he co-founded, asking if the area had been overrun by bankers. And secondly, she questioned if the Oscar winner ever gets into “autopilot” mode while on set. 

De Niro then reportedly asked Brockes to turn off the recorder and began pacing “madly,” complaining about the tone of the interview.

Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway in The Intern
Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway in The Intern. Francois Duhamel/Warner Bros

“All the way through. Negative inference,” he said, according to Brockes. “The whole way through and I’m not doing it. I’m not doing it, darling.”

De Niro is certainly not the first star in recent memory to cut an interview short. This summer model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne made headlines with her disastrous and awkward televised back and forth with Good Morning Sacramento anchors, in which the journalists said she should go take a nap.

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