Tropic Thunder is the title of a new film, written and directed by Ben Stiller – starring, Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr. (shown above). For those of you who don’t recognize Downey, he’s the character in the middle.. Uh oh. It’s the 21st Century and Black face is back in full effect!
Robert Downey Jr. plays Kirk Lazarus, a very serious Oscar-winning actor cast in the most expensive Vietnam War film ever. Problem is, Lazarus’s character, Sgt. Osiris, was originally written as black. So Lazarus decides to dye his skin and play Osiris, um, authentically. Funny? Sure. Dangerous? That’s an understatement. ”If it’s done right, it could be the type of role you called Peter Sellers to do 35 years ago,” Downey says. ”If you don’t do it right, we’re going to hell.” Read entire article here.
Considering the history of Blackface in this country, Stiller is really in a mine field with this one – Vietnam style. I really can’t speak on it because I haven’t seen the film (or even a trailer) yet, but I can definitely say that I’m uncomfortable seeing Iron Man, playing War Machine (if you don’t get it, peep the first comment). How do we feel about this, people?