Maybe next time you should take anyone who behaves like that in your studio and kick them out right away. Maybe from now on, you, I and all the other arts journalists out there should resolve that spoiled behaviour ends an interview on the spot.
Apparently Billy Bob Thornton was rude to you because you mentioned he was an actor (boo hoo).
Know what? I have a rule where I automatically say no to the interview-with-conditions, where you're asked not to talk about X or Y because it would offend the interviewee's delicate sensibilities. (I gather it's something that happens a lot in the States and I don't want it to become the norm here.)
I get the occasional request like this and I turn it down every time. Because to me, you're either doing an interview or you're not. You're either using me, the journalist, as a conduit to openly and honestly communicate with the fans and people who are interested in you, or you're just trying to use me as some sort of dummy to help you plug what you want to plug.
It's not fair to the audience if I accept a conversation with artificial boundaries, because then it's me and the interviewee conspiring to give the appearance of openness when there is none. (And to outlets that accept interviews with restrictions, I say shame on you.)
When publicists tell me not to talk about X or Y during an interview, I respond that I will ask what I like, and if the person I'm interviewing is an adult, he or she can refuse to answer the question with the same grace that is expected of all adults. If that doesn't work, no interview.
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