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.
The legendary actor was promoting his latest film The Intern, a generation gap comedy in which he stars opposite Anne Hathaway, when he apparently became aggravated by Emma Brockes’ questions about how he avoids slipping into autopilot during shooting and the growing number of bankers living in his New York neighbourhood.
Brockes reports in this week’s issue of the Radio Times that De Niro asked her to pause her tape recorder and informed her that was halting the interview because of what he called a “negative inference” in her questions. An awkward exchange between Brockes and De Niro followed, in which the actor told the journalist on several occasions: “I’m not doing this, darling.”
Sharing his views on the incident in the Daily Mail, Morgan writes that De Niro was a “bloody nightmare” when he interviewed him on CNN several years ago and criticises the actor’s conduct towards journalists generally, saying: “It’s as if he prides himself on being a total douchebag.”
Later in the article, Morgan proposes that “it’s time the world’s media fought back” against De Niro’s reportedly bad-tempered behaviour in interviews, suggesting: “Let’s ban him. Every journalist in the world should agree, with immediate effect, never to interview him again.”
“Give the guy what he thinks he wants,” Morgan continues. “Only, I suspect it’s the very last thing De Niro wants. Because underneath all the pompous, arrogant rudeness lies a man still desperate for superstar status and all the trappings that brings. Or why else would he continue to make increasingly crap movies?”
The Intern starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway opens in UK cinemas on October 2. Watch the latest trailer below.