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Times Actors Gave Unexpectedly Honest Answers To Interview Questions

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Hollywood may be the land of make-believe, and celebrity interviews might often be nothing more than shameless self-promotion and fluff, yet on rare occasions, some performers have been known to give fiercely honest answers to interview questions. This is partly because, quite often, actors are on interminably long press junkets when they're promoting projects and get asked the same inane questions over and over. Just look at Lady Gaga's "100 people in a room" monologue.

But once in a while, actors are naturally going to slip off script - sometimes during particularly awkward celebrity interviews - and answer a question with unexpected honesty. In a way, it's refreshing to hear a celeb share real talk and not the media-friendly tripe their publicist is pushing.

  • At the 2017 Save Our Schools march in Washington, DC, Matt Damon was asked a remarkably inappropriate question by a camera operator: "Aren’t 10 percent of teachers bad though?... Ten percent of people in any profession maybe should think of something else."

    Damon, who was standing beside his school teacher mom, answered, "Maybe you’re a sh*tty cameraman."

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  • Daniel Radcliffe Called Out Beauty Double Standards
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    During a 2014 interview with the Associated Press, Daniel Radcliffe, promoting his movie Horns, was asked about being "an unconventional romantic lead." To this, he replied, "What about me is unconventional, exactly?... The male population has had no problem [sensualizing] Emma Watson immediately."

    He discusses the phenomenon at 0:40.

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  • Jonah Hill Got Straight To The Point
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    While Jonah Hill was visiting Georgia Tech in 2011 to promote his animated sitcom Allen Gregory, an interviewer asked him a shockingly insensitive question. Referring to Hill's recent weight loss, the interviewer threw this gem out: "Are you the fat guy in Hollywood still?"

    Hill, visibly uncomfortable and more than a little annoyed, answered: "Do you have any other questions that are smart?" 

    The question comes at 0:13.

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  • Alan Rickman Deflected Harry Potter Shade
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    During a 2001 interview with the BBC's HARDtalk, Alan Rickman was asked if the Harry Potter films are "worth the hype."

    "Well," he responded, "it's worth any amount of hype to get children to read again."

    Curiously, the quip has been edited out of the video above, but you can see the full exchange in the "Alan Rickman" episode of BBC Two's Talking Pictures.

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