15 Horrible Celebrity Interviews We Can't Forget

Whenever a celebrity has to promote a new movie or project, he or she will often appear in the media and do interviews. These interviews are usually pretty straightforward: The interviewer asks some project-related and/or pre-approved personal questions, the celebrity responds to said questions, and all is right in the world – but every once in a while, an interview goes horribly wrong. This could be the fault of the interviewer asking inappropriate or off-topic questions, the celebrity feeling insulted or being in a bad mood, or the occasional (uber-entertaining) combination of both.

As you’ll see, horrible celebrity interviews can happen for a number of reasons, and the resulting drama is something like watching a bad car accident – hard to look at but nearly impossible to turn away from – especially when it comes to these 15 horrible celebrity interviews. It’s clear from the interviewer, celebrity or situation that something bad is probably going to happen, which is exactly why these interviews are so hard to forget. Were they as memorable for you as they were for us?

15 Robert Downey Jr. Walks Out

14 Mel Gibson Acts Like Himself an A#$hole

13 Jerry Seinfeld Defends his Ratings

12 David Blaine Says Nothing (Much)

11 Jesse Eisenberg Does a Magic Trick

While promoting his film Now You See Me, Jesse Eisenberg (best known for his role in The Social Network) was surprisingly rude to young blogger Romina Puga. Annoyed by the fact that she’d written interview notes on her hand and referred to Morgan Freeman as ‘Freeman’, Eisenberg spurts out, “Do you know the comedian Carrot Top?” Puga answers, “Yes, horrible.” At which point Eisenberg replies douch-ily, “You are like the Carrot Top of interviewers.” Ouch.

10 Quentin Tarantino Shuts it Down

9 Crispin Glover Karate Kicks

One of the more outrageously terrible celebrity interviews aired in 1987 on Late Night with David Letterman. Charlie’s Angels star Crispin Glover appeared on the show to promote the movie River’s Edge, wearing a strange outfit, platform shoes and tilted wig. What David Letterman thought would be a normal interview was actually a prank that ended in Glover challenging Letterman to arm-wrestle before kicking his platform shoe inches from Letterman’s face. Not down to deal with the b.s., Letterman walked off the set of his own show as cameras cut to commercial.

8 Sean Connery Agrees with Himself

7 Gene Simmons Gets in Trouble

6 Joan Rivers Slams a Book

5 Tom Cruise Embarrasses Himself

4 Tom Cruise Embarrasses Himself (Again)

3 Morgan Freeman Falls Asleep

2 Samuel L. Jackson Schools Somebody

In this interview, Samuel L. Jackson showed just how bad things can get for interviewers who don’t take the time to know who they’re interviewing. KTLA reporter Sam Rubin made the unfortunate mistake of confusing Jackson with Laurence Fishburne, a mistake Rubin will probably never forget, we hope. For the remaining four minutes of the interview, Jackson schools him on all the black actors he is not, including Morgan Freeman, Michael Jai White and Dennis Haysbert.

1 Gary Coleman Gets Mouthy

During a 2010 interview on The Insider, Gary Coleman was put in the hot seat after attorney Lisa Bloom, a guest panelist, started grilling him on his relationship with his wife. Bloom asserted that Coleman was in an abusive relationship and Coleman, not so politely, told her to drown in the ocean. He argued that it was ridiculous for him, at 4’7’’, to abuse his wife, who was 5’6’’. He then went on to tell Bloom to “go f$%k herself” before storming off the set. Coleman died a few months later but left us with the memory of the one of the worst celebrity interviews ever. RIP, Gary.


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