Press junket reporters are getting increasingly more daring when interviewing celebrities these days.
Most recently, Justin Timberlake sat through over six incredibly awkward minutes with Brazilian comedienne Sabrian Sato who concluded the interview with the “Runner, Runner” star by offering him a very special gift: An autographed mold of her butt in a box.
The nod to hit “SNL” digital short “My Dick in a Box” — for which Timberlake collaborated with Andy Samberg to present women with exactly what the song title implies — made the singer laugh, but it’s not clear whether he actually thought it was funny, or just creepy.
Here are five other awkward interviews that went viral because of priceless reactions from either the reporters, or their celebrity subjects:
BBC Radio 1 sent rookie reporter Chris Stark to interview the actress promoting “Oz the Great and Powerful,” but the Sam Raimi movie did not come up. Stark spent most of the time talking about how hot she is, how nervous he is, his boys and drinking Jägerbombs — which led to an invitation for Kunis to join him and his boys at their local pub, as well as a soccer match.
When Channel 4 News reporter Krishnan Guru-Murthy pushed Quentin Tarrantino to defend his position that there is no link between movie violence and real-life violence during a press junket promoting “Django Unchained” in the United Kingdom, the director grew increasingly frustrated.
“Do not ask me a question like that. I’m not biting. I refuse your question,” Tarrantino said. “I’m not your slave and you’re not my master. You can’t make me dance to your tune. I’m not a monkey.”
Monkey or not, the reporter continued the line of questioning, and the conversation becomes increasingly heated.
An interview on Australian morning news program “Sunrise” became “unexpectedly controversial” when correspondent Natalie Barr asked Rihanna about her how frustrating it is to be linked to other Hollywood stars — like Chris Brown or Ashton Kutcher — in the tabloids.
“Very frustrating. Almost as frustrating as being asked about it,” Rihanna shot back. What’s the point?” Wondering “What’s the point” of continuing this interview, Rihanna abruptly ended it.
During a press junket for “Now You See Me,” a young woman named Romina Puga made everybody watching her interview with the Oscar nominee ask themselves, “Is Jesse Eisenberg being a total jerk, or is this how he flirts with women?”
“Do you know the comedian Carrot Top?” Eisenberg asked.
“Yes, horrible,” Puga responded.
“Well, you are like the Carrot Top of interviewers,” Eisenberg said. “Don’t cry now. Cry after the interview is over, otherwise it will look like I’m responsible for it.”
BBC Radio 1 personality Chris Stark returned this summer, and brought his unusual interviewing approach to a “We’re the Millers” press junket where he spoke to Jennifer Aniston about a number of topics including steak dinners at strip clubs, CGI testicles, Ryan Gosling and the coincidental anagram found in her name.
“Did you know that your name is an anagram of “finer not in jeans?” It’s a good fact that one. It means all the letters in “finer not in jeans” is Jennifer Aniston,” Stark said. “It’s like a premonition for your role.”