[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Actor Robert Downey, Jr. learned that openly expressing that you are not a liberal makes you a target during an interview with Krishnan Guru-Murthy for Britain’s Channel 4. Although Downey was supposed to be promoting his new movie Avengers: Age of Ultron, the interviewer kept venturing away from the movie into very personal aspects of Downey’s life.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Mainly, he focused on a statement that Downey made during an interview with the New York Times back in 2009 when he said, “I have a really interesting political point of view, and it’s not always something I say too loud at dinner tables here, but you can’t go from a $2,000-a-night suite at La Mirage to a penitentiary and really understand it and come out a liberal.”
Continuing his reference to his 3 year jail sentence stemming from violating probation on drug and weapons charges during a dark and tumultuous time in his life, the actor at that time added, “You can’t. I wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone else, but it was very, very, very educational for me and has informed my proclivities and politics ever since.”
Starting at approximately the 4 minute mark, Guru-Murthy begins to question Downey about this statement and the fact that he said he was not a liberal. Despite efforts to steer the interview back to a promo about the movie, Guru-Murthy is relentless, seeming intent to get down to why Downey said he was not a liberal.
This delving into his personal life and possible political leanings continued for the remaining 3 minutes. After that time, Downey brought the interview to an end when, at the 6:20 mark, he was asked questions about his father and his relationship with him. Based upon his facial expressions and his breathing pattern, it would not be a stretch to say that this line of questioning had gone too far and Downey was downright angry and agitated.