Robert Downey Jr. is either the greatest interview or the worst interview. When you piss him off, he’ll let you know. While promoting his new film, Due Date, on The Today Show, Meredith Viera asked him some very uncomfortable questions about his friendships with Mel Gibson and Charlie Sheen, and Downey didn’t look pleased. He insisted that Gibson hired him when no one else would, and when asked what he would say to Charlie Sheen, Downey said, “whatever I would say to him.” There’s nothing that annoys me more than asking a celebrity about other celebrities during their interview. If you can’t land Mel Gibson or Charlie Sheen to interview, then why not ask Robert Downey, Jr. about them, right? How about next time Meredith asks Robert Downey Jr. about Robert Downey Jr.
I knew the blogosphere was against Mel Gibson’s appearance in Hangover 2, but I wasn’t aware that the entire cast disapproved as well. According to director Todd Phillips, Gibson’s appearance was canceled because, “the cast and crew was not on board.” I assume that Zach Galifianakis is amongst the objectors, because in a recent interview he said, “[A] movie you’re acting in, you don’t have a lot of control — you just show up and vomit your lines out. I’m not the boss. I’m in a deep protest right now with a movie I’m working on, up in arms about something. But I can’t get the guys to [listen] … I’m not making any leeway.” First of all, I’m assuming that Galifianakis meant “headway” and not “leeway,” but I’ll give him some leeway (pun intended), because he was so angry when he discussed the issue. Second, I almost considered not writing this post because Galifianakis’ name is so hard to spell, but then I thought: you’re The Dishmaster, just use copy and paste!” Anyways, I’m glad to see that Hollywood has at least some semblance of morality left.
UPDATE: Mel Gibson’s camp called the Hangover cast a bunch of hypocrites, seeing as how they had no problem employing Mike Tyson, who is a convicted rapist. Good point.