I’ve attended a few press junkets in my career, and only a handful of times have I walked away from them thinking, “Hey, that was fun!” (Thank you again, Colin Firth!)
That’s because junkets are, for the most part, a very stressful experience. Even when they’re held in lavish cities around the world, journalists are still herded around like speed daters who can only ask a few basic questions that have about as much intellectual meaning as a Taylor Swift song. Even worse, you know well ahead of time that nobody is going to want to answer your questions, because they’ve already answered them to the 60-plus journalists who sat down before you. All you can really do is be polite and try not make the three-to-five minutes about you, and then call your friends afterward and tell them about the weird hour you just spent at some fancy Midtown hotel.
Once in awhile, however, a journalist will think that the celebrity they are interviewing actually wants to be there to talk to you – yes, you! – and then everything sort of falls apart. Such was the case for one very chipper reporter at the junket for Red 2, where he faced off against a very tough Bruce Willis thinking that Bruce Willis, a man whose career has spanned decades worth of junkets in Hollywood, was just waiting to answer questions about his favorite filming locations around the world. The questions were bad, and the answers were brutal, and the result was one painfully bad interview.
To her credit, Mary-Louise Parker – who was paired with Willis in the interview – did her part to put on a smile and do the whole junket song-and-dance thing, but by that point, nothing could be salvaged.
Watch the interview now in the video, above.