Newswire: Robert Downey Jr.’s charm is no match for incredibly awkward interview

Pressing the limits to which Robert Downey Jr.’s affable charms can be strained has earned billions for Marvel so far, but today it’s earned Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy some viral infamy (which is worth far more in Internet dollars). Downey’s unflappable object met with Guru-Murthy’s unpersuadable force of wanting to ask questions about Downey’s past during an Avengers press junket, leading to several minutes of tension, before Downey finally walked out while calling his interviewer “kind of a schmuck.” The full video is below for anyone who enjoys awkwardness, which really begins around 4:00.

The trouble began when Guru-Murthy abruptly tried to steer the conversation from playing Iron Man to Downey’s political leanings—specifically his comments on how jail had changed him from being liberal, which Downey once claimed in a 2008 New York Times interview. Downey, his smile and eyebrows …

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