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03.05.2008

It's in my nature to want to dump all over a Ben Stiller flick, but good lord I can't dump on TROPIC THUNDER. If the IRON MAN trailers are any indication and early reports on THUNDER are to be believed, God seems to be laying 'em up and Robert Downey Jr. just seems to be knocking them out of the park. Here is your first look at the flick:


Yeah, that is Downey Jr. in the middle. Yeah, the black dude. Here's the rationale (since it makes so much more sense when explained): (he) plays Kirk Lazarus, a very serious Oscar-winning actor cast in the most expensive Vietnam war epic ever filmed. Problem is, Lazarus's character, Sgt. Osiris, was originally written as black. So Lazarus decides to dye his skin and play Osiris, um, authentically. I think that for the first time ever, no comment is necessary. Oh, and the pasty fellow in the rear is Jack Black.

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Extra Tidbit: Argh, was looking for that clip of Eddie Murphy pretending to be white. That was golden too.

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10:32PM on 03/06/2008

Makes perfect sense!

Hey, when somebody has the idea of casting Tom Cruise as an overweight, bald Hollywood exec (or is it agent?), Downey playing a faux black guy sounds perfectly in line with whatever crazy shit this thing's gonna be.
Hey, when somebody has the idea of casting Tom Cruise as an overweight, bald Hollywood exec (or is it agent?), Downey playing a faux black guy sounds perfectly in line with whatever crazy shit this thing's gonna be.
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1:35PM on 03/06/2008

as a Black guy

I am in no way offended by the make-up. Looks like it's right in line with his character.

no knee jerk reactions please.

Had enough of that when Will Smith dared play a white character in I am Legend.

Those reactions were stupid then and they're stupid now.

if Downey was playing Malcolm X, then maybe we'd have a problem...
I am in no way offended by the make-up. Looks like it's right in line with his character.

no knee jerk reactions please.

Had enough of that when Will Smith dared play a white character in I am Legend.

Those reactions were stupid then and they're stupid now.

if Downey was playing Malcolm X, then maybe we'd have a problem...
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12:54AM on 03/06/2008

I Agree

He does look like Solid Snake a bit, but they really don't need to make a movie out of those games seeing as how the last few games were pretty much 75% movie anyway. Is it just me or does Jack Black look like Phillip Seymour Hoffman? Just a little?
He does look like Solid Snake a bit, but they really don't need to make a movie out of those games seeing as how the last few games were pretty much 75% movie anyway. Is it just me or does Jack Black look like Phillip Seymour Hoffman? Just a little?
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12:38AM on 03/06/2008

Wow

This kind of caught me by surprise. Downey, Jr. looks hilarious. And Ben Stiller looks like he'd make for a good Solid Snake in the MGS movie...anybody? huh?
This kind of caught me by surprise. Downey, Jr. looks hilarious. And Ben Stiller looks like he'd make for a good Solid Snake in the MGS movie...anybody? huh?
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9:13PM on 03/05/2008

Looks awesome!

I think Downey's role works because of the story behind why he's dyed his skin, and the overall premise of the movie. Soul Man was more exploitive, with stereotypes and so forth. I'm not saying that's not the case here, but the results are different - Soul Man took itself a lot more seriously.

This movie just keeps sounding better, and that's surprising me - generally I'll hear *something* come out that makes me grown.

And really, can some of you guys lay off the haterade? Seriously...
I think Downey's role works because of the story behind why he's dyed his skin, and the overall premise of the movie. Soul Man was more exploitive, with stereotypes and so forth. I'm not saying that's not the case here, but the results are different - Soul Man took itself a lot more seriously.

This movie just keeps sounding better, and that's surprising me - generally I'll hear *something* come out that makes me grown.

And really, can some of you guys lay off the haterade? Seriously... You just hate the fact that people are just now getting into Downey because you've been in to him since *gast* The Singing Detective. It just sounds so elitist and pretentious to some, and just silly to those of us who've actually liked him since he was that goofy guy from Weird Science and SNL that totally kicked ass in Less Than Zero.
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8:32PM on 03/05/2008

Robert Downey Jr. as a fellow black man...

As a black-American, I am actually curious about this picture.

Robert Downey, Jr. is a talented actor. I don't think he'll portray "us" stereotypically.

I'm hip to this news.

Oh, and to compare C. Thomas Howell with Robert Downey, Jr. is like comparing, uh...apples and oranges.

Again, it should be interesting.

And yes, Eddie Murphy has portrayed a white Jew, an Italian, heavy-set black females, and an Asian...

Even Angelina Jolie portrayed a black woman in "A Mighty
As a black-American, I am actually curious about this picture.

Robert Downey, Jr. is a talented actor. I don't think he'll portray "us" stereotypically.

I'm hip to this news.

Oh, and to compare C. Thomas Howell with Robert Downey, Jr. is like comparing, uh...apples and oranges.

Again, it should be interesting.

And yes, Eddie Murphy has portrayed a white Jew, an Italian, heavy-set black females, and an Asian...

Even Angelina Jolie portrayed a black woman in "A Mighty Heart"...

Halle Berry is to portray an Indian (Hindu) woman in an upcoming film.

Liz Taylor portrayed Cleopatra...

Hmmm...
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6:14PM on 03/05/2008

Glad I'm not the only one who maybe worried about this...

"i don't know if this is gonna cause some controversy in that it is reminiscent of blackface makeup the whites used in the early days of vaudeville and film. - Movie Man2"

Yeah, least we forget the last time something like this happened...it was called Soul Man, which turned the near-household name C.Thomas Howell to C.Thomas Who(?!)

But RDJ is a fairly smart and cultured white fellow and very well established in his career. Not to mention with Ben Stiller and Jack Black in his company, I
"i don't know if this is gonna cause some controversy in that it is reminiscent of blackface makeup the whites used in the early days of vaudeville and film. - Movie Man2"

Yeah, least we forget the last time something like this happened...it was called Soul Man, which turned the near-household name C.Thomas Howell to C.Thomas Who(?!)

But RDJ is a fairly smart and cultured white fellow and very well established in his career. Not to mention with Ben Stiller and Jack Black in his company, I really think the controversy will be either low or almost non-existent. So I myself will wait to see how this plays out too.
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5:24PM on 03/05/2008
This movie is going to be awesome and hilarious. Look at the cast, Stiller, Black, Matt M. (can't spell his last name), and the brilliant Robert Downey Jr. I agree with todd_dyson, I hate the fact that people are JUST RECOGNIZING Robert Downey Jr now and seeing how great of an actor he really is. Basically, my ticket is already bought for this movie.

Seriously check Downey out in these movies:
1. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
2. The Singing Detective
3. A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints
4.
This movie is going to be awesome and hilarious. Look at the cast, Stiller, Black, Matt M. (can't spell his last name), and the brilliant Robert Downey Jr. I agree with todd_dyson, I hate the fact that people are JUST RECOGNIZING Robert Downey Jr now and seeing how great of an actor he really is. Basically, my ticket is already bought for this movie.

Seriously check Downey out in these movies:
1. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
2. The Singing Detective
3. A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints
4. Zodiac

That's just a couple of great movies that he has done. He has been awesome during his whole career.
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5:23PM on 03/05/2008

Did Not Expect This.

I heard the buzz about this flick, but seeing this picture somehow instills a lot of faith and even anticipation. RDJ as a black man? I can see it.
I heard the buzz about this flick, but seeing this picture somehow instills a lot of faith and even anticipation. RDJ as a black man? I can see it.
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5:10PM on 03/05/2008
I'm on board!

Stiller used to be funny. very funny. Jack black used to be funny. they both can be again!

And Downey has always been the man.... I'm going all the way back to Weird Science and Less than Zero.
I'm on board!

Stiller used to be funny. very funny. Jack black used to be funny. they both can be again!

And Downey has always been the man.... I'm going all the way back to Weird Science and Less than Zero.
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4:58PM on 03/05/2008
It sounds ok but i never think this is gonna work, probably the same lame ( dodgeball ) humor...he can do much better!!
It sounds ok but i never think this is gonna work, probably the same lame ( dodgeball ) humor...he can do much better!!
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4:13PM on 03/05/2008

Weird.

What is this feeling? A movie starring Ben Stiller that looks funny. And here I was thinking that Zoolander was a fluke.

Robert Downey Jr. in black makeup sounds like it's going to be legendary.
What is this feeling? A movie starring Ben Stiller that looks funny. And here I was thinking that Zoolander was a fluke.

Robert Downey Jr. in black makeup sounds like it's going to be legendary.
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4:07PM on 03/05/2008
Jack Black totally looks likr Phillip Seymor Hoffman with that hair.

Downing Jr. looks like the gay, black dude from the first episode of Sunny in Philadelphia, "The Gang Gets Racist" (I thought it was him til I read the article).
Jack Black totally looks likr Phillip Seymor Hoffman with that hair.

Downing Jr. looks like the gay, black dude from the first episode of Sunny in Philadelphia, "The Gang Gets Racist" (I thought it was him til I read the article).
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3:27PM on 03/05/2008
i hate that people are JUST starting to like Robert Downy Junior again. he won me back ith the singing detective and kiss kiss bang bang.

i think he is fantastic. and i wish he was in every movie. except the bad ones.

that being said, i wanna see this. today.
i hate that people are JUST starting to like Robert Downy Junior again. he won me back ith the singing detective and kiss kiss bang bang.

i think he is fantastic. and i wish he was in every movie. except the bad ones.

that being said, i wanna see this. today.
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3:14PM on 03/05/2008
ha ha ha awesome, im totally pyched for this now
ha ha ha awesome, im totally pyched for this now
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2:09PM on 03/05/2008

OKAY OKAY

And now i am psyched... didnt realize these talents were all in this. The RDjr thing is pretty funny. And at first i thought that was philip seymour hoffman in the back..., Jack Black... EVEN BETTER!
And now i am psyched... didnt realize these talents were all in this. The RDjr thing is pretty funny. And at first i thought that was philip seymour hoffman in the back..., Jack Black... EVEN BETTER!
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12:51PM on 03/05/2008

DUKE!

The guy behind Downey looks like Duke Nukem!!! Am I wrong?
The guy behind Downey looks like Duke Nukem!!! Am I wrong?
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12:53PM on 03/05/2008
The last time Stiller directed a movie it was Zoolander, which is one of my all time favorite dumb-comedies. So yeh, I have high hopes for this one. Seeing this picture only solidifies that.
The last time Stiller directed a movie it was Zoolander, which is one of my all time favorite dumb-comedies. So yeh, I have high hopes for this one. Seeing this picture only solidifies that.
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12:40PM on 03/05/2008

Let's wait to see how it plays out!

i don't know if this is gonna cause some controversy in that it is reminiscent of blackface makeup the whites used in the early days of vaudeville and film.

And let's stop with the all caps for the title. Sounds like I'm yelling.
i don't know if this is gonna cause some controversy in that it is reminiscent of blackface makeup the whites used in the early days of vaudeville and film.

And let's stop with the all caps for the title. Sounds like I'm yelling.
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12:36PM on 03/05/2008
now this looks like it might actually be good.
now this looks like it might actually be good.
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12:10PM on 03/05/2008
That is fucking win. Looks really cool.
That is fucking win. Looks really cool.
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