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Saturday, 6 August 2011

Matt Damon, Mila Kunis and Other Stars Who Have Turned On Reporters

(Pacific Coast News | Bauer Griffin)

Seasoned celebrities rarely snap under the pressure of a tough interview, but when the errant reporter gets under a star's skin, things can get tense.

This week we've seen both Matt Damon and Mila Kunis turn on reporters when they became annoyed with a particular line of questioning. Being famous usually means learning how to stay cool under pressure, but sometimes things can go awry. Here are a few situations where reporters found themselves getting the business from celebrities.

1. Matt Damon

Matt visited Washington, DC, over the weekend where he joined his mother in supporting teachers at the Save Our Schools Rally. While some of Matt's views might be up for debate, one fledgling reporter certainly wasn't prepared for the actor's irate response to one question.

Michelle Fields, of the Libertarian magazine Reason, clearly disagreed with Matt's views on tenure for teachers. She said: "In acting, there isn't job security, right? There's an incentive to work hard and be a better actor because you want to have a job. So why isn't it like that for teachers?"

Matt's reply: “You take this MBA style thinking, right? It’s the problem with ed policy right now! It's this intrinsically paternalistic view of problems that are much more complex . . . A teacher wants to teach! Why else would you take a s---ty salary and really long hours and do that job, unless you really love to do it?”

2. Mila Kunis

It didn't take a political hot-button issue for to boil Mila's blood. The Ukrainian-born actress polished off her native Russian tongue to tell off a reporter who dared to question why Justin Timberlake would move into acting.

The reporter asked why Justin was focusing on acting instead of music, a question that's probably become a little tiresome for the former hitmaker. But before he even had a chance to hear a translation of the question, Mila jumped in to defend her costar.

"Why movies? Why not?" she said in Russian. "What kind of question is that? Why are you here?" Watch the room laugh along with Mila in the video above.

3. Bjork

In 1996 Bjork flew off the handle after landing in Bangkok, Thailand. The Icelandic singer had been on a long flight with her son, Sindri, when British television journalist Julie Kaufman held a microphone near her face and said "Welcome to Bangkok!" That's when Bjork snapped. She attacked the reporter, hitting her repeatedly before she was pulled away by security guards. The whole incident was a public relations nightmare for Bjork, who later apologized for hitting the reporter. In Bjork's defense, she does not look like she wants to talk to anyone when she gets off that plane.

M.I.A. in Hogan by Karl Lagerfeld Cocktail Party - Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 20124. M.I.A.

When British hip-hop star M.I.A.found herself being interviewed for a major profile in the New York Timesmagazine, she happily allowed reporter Lynn Hirschberg to tag along and take notes about her life. After spending so much time with Hirschberg, it's not surprising that M.I.A. felt blindsided when the piece was published, and it seemingly punched all kinds of holes in the persona she had made for herself. The article attacked her music, her political views and even called into question her intellectual honesty. M.I.A. turned on Hirschberg by publishing the reporter's phone number on Twitter, writing: "917.---.3158 CALL ME IF YOU WANNA TALK TO ME ABOUT THE N Y T TRUTH ISSUE, ill b taking calls all day bitches ;)"

5. Paris Hilton

When Paris Hilton turned on a reporter recently, she simply walked away from the interview. Paris felt like she was pressed too far during a piece that aired on Good Morning America in July. GMAcorrespondent Dan Harris brought up her latest reality show's low ratings and asked if she worried that she'd been overshadowed by Kim Kardashian. She replied, "no," but Harris continued, asking her: "Do you ever worry about your moment having passed?" That's when Paris looked away with a huff of disbelief before walking off camera. She later came back to finish the interview, but not before reminding the reporter that she's "been in this business for 15 years now."

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