Tony Stark would have done something more snide.

For about four minutes of this Channel 4 interview with Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Robert Downey Jr. is affable and serious about answering any questions related to Avengers: Age of Ultron. He even takes time to explain why he thinks Age of Ultron is ultimately better than the first movie because- Oh, wait- Mr. "I Read The NY Times Seven Years Ago" wants to ask a serious question about a time we'd all rather not hear about.

Guru-Murthy asks a pointed question about Robert Downey Jr. identifying as a "liberal" after a stint in prison. It's the kind of thing you'd ask if Robert Downey Jr. were promoting a tell-all memoir about how liberal he is, but he's not. He's talking about a movie adapted from a comic book. Bringing up a NY Times article in this context is about as fun as someone pulling out a dreidel at your sixth grade birthday party at the laser tag arena. Give it a rest!

Sources: h/t BuzzFeed