Okay, so I was thinking about The Interview (RDJ version, not bad North Korea version) with my lawyer brain instead of my lizard brain this morning, and I have some observations. First and foremost, RDJ did not “walk out” of the interview. He didn’t “storm out” or sulk or leave without warning, etc. He waited until the woman (a PR rep from Marvel? His personal rep?) made wrapping up noises (”Okay, okay, thanks”) before he said “BYE” and stood up.
This got me thinking. Before Guru-Murthy asked the offensive question of doom that ended the whole thing, he referred to having several minutes left on the contract. This contract, these sorts of agreements regarding which companies get the PR interviews for movies, are a big deal and would have provisions within the agreement regarding the topics for conversation. Otherwise everyone and their mother would have asked RDJ in 2008 about his time in jail instead of Iron Man.
Guru-Murthy was most likely violating the terms of the agreement in place between his company and Marvel or Marvel’s PR company, that specifically would list out terms of conversation appropriate for promoting the moving but limit the topics about RDJ’s personal life - note that I haven’t seen other interviews ask about his new daughter, his wife, his eldest son’s addiction issues, etc. because these are not relevant to the topic at hand.
So when RDJ first looks over to the PR rep, and then makes the comment about Guru-Murthy’s foot starting to jump, RDJ has checked to see if the interviewer had sufficiently breached the agreement first, which thus by default would make RDJ’s performance under the agreement no longer required (i.e. his obligation to remain for the last few minutes of the contractually required interview, that Guru-Murthy referred to). Note how he looks over when Guru-Murthy says he’s going to start asking about RDJ’s personal life - but RDJ can’t leave until Guru-Murthy brings up something likely on the “DO NOT ASK” list part of the contract. The first question wasn’t explicit enough; he had to wait until the interviewer solidly “went there” before his PR person could call things off and let RDJ leave (because Channel 4 breached the terms of the agreement first). And only then did he walk out. He did nothing wrong; the other guys breached the agreement first, nullifying his obligation to perform.