Film review: Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro in ‘The Intern’

22 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Robert De Niro walks out of Radio Times interview.

Ah. The Taxi Driver star was doing the press rounds for his new comedy The Intern when an interview with Emma Brockes from the Radio Times went awry in cringe-worthy fashion. The focus of the interview moved onto Tribeca, the New York district that is home to De Niro’s film festival, with Brockes asking if the area had been overtaken by bankers. The star, who Brockes has described as “depressed”, was unhappy with a mention of Tribeca being overrun by bankers and a question about how he avoids falling into “autopilot” mode on set.

Speaking to The Independent, the journalist expressed sympathy for the actor for having to participate in the promotional press junket circuit, which can often last for several days and encompasses hundreds of interviews. According to Brockes, he then asked her to pause the recorder and got out of his chair, “pacing madly” before cutting the interview short because of the “negative inference” of what she had said. “What, about the bankers?!” she asked.

However, Brockes added: ‘I certainly didn’t go in looking for an argument but when it happened I did think, “at least he’s finally saying something”.’ Brockes, who also writes for the Guardian, asked De Niro how he stopped himself going into “autopilot” while acting, and also mentioned that a lot of bankers now live in the district of New York where his film festival was founded. Of course, and it’s done Brockes no harm either – she’s got much more publicity than if De Niro had just stayed put and patiently answered questions about acting.

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