Robert Downey Jnr was just recently interviewed by someone about his role as Ironman and the reporter attempted to draw some inference from Downey’s experience being incarcerated. Ironically, the same reporter interviewed Tarentino about the violence in his films, with the same result of Tarentino walking offset.
On local ABC TV reporter Annabelle Crabbe has a series called Kitchen Cabinet; today the ABC repeated her interview of Peter Garrett previously lead singer of rock group Midnight Oil, and then federal Labor Minister. Crabbe attempted to ask Garrett about his early childhood years and the effect of his being an orphan; Garrett’s response was to refer to a theory that performance was compensation for an absent parent.
On the friendliest terms possible both people maintained their professional roles, Crabbe to ask her questions, Garrett to maintain his reserve. It begs the question of how much is part of our public persona, how much is excusable because one performs a public duty or function.