Friday, March 7, 2008 | 10:04am
Robert Downey Jr. Plays a Black Soldier in Ben Stiller’s Parody Flick
Did he cross the line? Will Rev. Sharpton break out the boycott troops?
Ben Stiller’s controversial comedy “Tropic Thunder” about the film industry may be in hot water.Â Yesterday, Entertainment Weekly announced that Robert Downey Jr. as a black man.Â Before you get all bent out of shape let me explain.
The film is designed to parody the acting profession. Downey Jr. plays white man, “Kirk Lazarus” a manic Hollywood actor who (I guess) is so desperate for this gig that he’s cast to play a black soldier.
I was “trying to push it as far as you can within reality,” Stiller told the EW.Â He claims to parodyÂ over-the-top actors, not African-Americans. Â Stiller recently screened a rough cut of the film and it scored high with African-Americans. He was relieved at the reaction. ”It seems people really embrace it,” he says…”If it’s done right, it could be the type of role you called Peter Sellers to do 35 years ago.Â If you don’t do it right, we’re going to hell.”
Is that Al “Captain African America” Sharpton I hear coming up the stairs? I will admit however the Downey Jr’s. make-up is unbelievable.Â Much better than the job done on that TV Show Black And White where the two families swap races.
The studio plans to debut the trailer online March 17.Â I’m sure Mike will have that one up on Highbrid Nation for you.Â The film, ironically was also the project that Owen Wilson had to leave due to his reported suicide attempt.