Friday, March 07, 2008

Tropic Thunder-Downey Plays Black Man

Ben Stiller directs and stars in a high-concept action comedy about a film crew struggling against Murphy's Law during the production of a big budget war film, and just what happens when the actors become possessed by the bravura of their onscreen counterparts. Robert Downey Jr stars as Kirk Lazurus. Kirk is a serious Oscar winning actor who is cast in an expensive Vietnam adaptation movie. His character was originally cast as a black man, so in order to qualify for the part he dyes his skin and dons a wig.

In my opinion it is not anymore different then the role The Wayans played. Since Ben Stiller is in the movie I know it is going to be funny.

1 comment:

Mike Belgrove said...

One of the other writers on Highbrid Nation wrote about Robert Downy playing a black man. He worries that Al Sharpton might have something to say about it, lol. Honestly as a black person I think it's kinda cool that movie make-up has gotten to the point where you can make someone look like another race and if the pics I've seen of Robert Downy in costume are accurate than they did a really good job! Plus Robert is a very capable actor so I'm sure he wont come across as stereo typical or offensive. I could be wrong though.