Actor Robert DeNiro WALKS OUT on Smug Liberal Reporter: “I’m Not Doing It, Darling”

Actor Robert DeNiro WALKS OUT on Smug Liberal Reporter: “I’m Not Doing It, Darling”

It’s generally not a good idea to insult something that a person helped found during an interview. Reporter Emma Brockes found this out firsthand after she insulted the Tribeca Film Festival, which actor Robert De Niro helped create, causing him to storm out of the interview.

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Actor Robert De Niro reportedly walked out of an interview with the Radio Times after reporter Emma Brockes‘ line of questioning made a “negative inference” about the Tribeca Film Festival.

The awkward exchange between De Niro and Brockes began when the latter asked the former about his acting method. Specifically, she wanted to know how the veteran actor resists the urge to go into “autopilot” while he’s working. Brockes also noted that Tribeca, which De Niro helped create, was being run by banks:

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De Niro, 72, asked Brockes to pause her recorder. She wrote in the magazine: “He then pops up out of his chair, starts pacing madly and says he’s cutting short the interview because of the “negative inference” of what I just said.

“‘What, about the bankers?!’ I am amazed. ‘All the way through,’ says De Niro. ‘All the way through. Negative inference.’ ‘Er, like where else?’ ‘The whole way through and I’m not doing it. I’m not doing it, darling.’”

When Brockes told De Niro that he was being “very condescending,” the actor retorted: “Oh, you think ‘darling’ is condescending?”

So it’s totally fine for Brockes to make negative inferences about the festival De Niro helped to found, but if he’s supposedly condescending to her in response, it’s the worst thing ever? It’s pretty clear what happened here: a nobody reporter that no one has ever heard of decided to try to rile up a celebrity in hopes of getting a negative reaction out of him, and now her name is splashed across the headlines — it seems her strategy worked perfectly.

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