We end our cinema series with a look at a film that in Jackie Sibblies Drury’s words “is a movie that is in between awesome and less awesome in its look at race”. That movie is TROPIC THUNDER, a refreshingly sophisticated comment on Hollywood genre films and Political Correctness in its many forms. The film has Robert Downey Jr. blacking up for a very particular reason. Below we have a clip from the film itself and then an interview Downey Jr did with Harry Smith on CBS’s The Early Show.
TROPIC THUNDER (2008)
(NB: Incredibly that is in fact Robert Downey Jr in a scene with Ben Stiller)
Tropic Thunder is a 2008 film written, produced, and directed by Ben Stiller, and starring Stiller, Robert Downey, Jr., and Jack Black. The main plot revolves around a group of prima donna actors who are making a fictional Vietnam War film. When their frustrated director decides to drop them in the middle of a jungle, they are forced to rely on their acting skills in order to survive the real action and danger. Stiller’s idea for the film originated while playing a minor role in Empire of the Sun, and he later enlisted actor Justin Theroux and screenwriter/director Ethan Cohen to help complete the script. The film received generally favorable reviews with critics approving of the film’s characters, story, and faux trailers while criticizing its offensive content.
An interview with actor Robert Downey Jr from CBS’s Early Show appears below