The U.K. paper's journalist, Robbie Collin, asked the 44-year-old actor: "Aren’t you worried that this film might perversely end up inspiring exactly the kind of people it’s about, with potentially tragic results?"
Per Collin, Phoenix responded: "'Why would you…? No… no.'" He then walked out of the room.
The outlet reports that over the next hour Phoenix spoke with a Warner Bros. publicist -- the studio behind the film -- "to get things back on track." He eventually returned to the interview, explaining that he panicked because he genuinely hadn't thought about the question before.
How can he claim he has genuinely never thought about the question before? Is the media really that weak on asking these types of questions that are at the root of much of the violence in our country? Takes someone from the UK to ask the question everyone sees as obvious.