“I’m not doing this, darling”, the actor said, according to Radio Times reporter Emma Brockes, after taking offense to comments about going on “autopilot” and the high number of bankers in Tribeca.
That last question set off the 72-year-old “Godfather” star, who oddly asked Brockes to turn off her tape recorder.
The Intern starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway opens in United Kingdom cinemas on October 2.
De Niro said Brockes had displayed “negative inference all the way through” the interview, and was therefore “not doing it. I’m not doing it, darling”. “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?” a fresh-faced millennial asks De Niro during the interview process.
The star took offence: “Negative inference”.
The article concludes with Ms Brockes accusing Mr De Niro of being condescending with his use of the word “darling” before the interview comes to an abrupt end.
“I’m sorry, I really don’t… what are we doing?” the actor said before leaving.
Piers Morgan has called on journalists to impose a “ban” on Robert De Niro after he walked out of a recent interview with a British journalist. “He responds ‘When I’m 80?’ That’s pretty much the movie encapsulated-he’s kind of like the grandfather everyone wants to have”.
Later, Brockes recounted how she asked De Niro to explain where he felt she was being negative.
If it isn’t De Niro getting a tough time for disapproving of interview questions, it’s some “young Hollywood punk” ripping off his unique delivery.
As I say in my video review (click the link above), the creative force behind such later-in-life romantic comedies like Something’s Gotta Give with Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson, and It’s Complicated with Meryl Streep and Steve Martin among many other films knows her way around mature relationships. ‘Hang on. So where else am I being negative?’ But beyond his heavy performances, De Niro is equally adept in comedy roles too.
“You know what I mean?”
“I have to say, now that you’re going on about it, it makes me think you [ITAL] were [CLOSE ITAL] on auto-pilot and you’re super-sensitive about it”.
“In my case, it wasn’t about the confidence”, De Niro tells Postmedia Network. “A man so consumed with his own sense of self-importance that even offering a modicum of consideration towards those charged with trying to help him promote his own movies is beyond him”.