Wednesday, April 9, 2008


Tropic Thunder is an upcoming 2008 action comedy film directed by Ben Stiller and starring Stiller, Jack Black, and Robert Downey Jr. as a group of actors filming a Vietnam War movie when their fed-up director and writer decide to dump them in the middle of a real war. It is due 15 August 2008.

I don't know. This should be an interesting movie. It's written by Ben Stiller (Zoolander, among other films) and Justin Theroux (1/3 of the talented actors {Naomi Watts and Laura Elena Harring being the other two stars in the film} in the UNDERRATED and UNDERWATCHED David Lynch surrealistic and intense classic film Mulholland Drive (2001)). I know the laughs and satire will be there--though not always consistent throughout the movie.

However, Robert Downey Jr. in blackface? I don't care how satirical people may think that is, but in 2008 and Hollywood is still giving us Step and Fetchit/Amos and Andy faux racial hijinks?

Tropic Thunder: satire skewering stereotypes in Hollywood or mishandled and ridiculous caricatures of Blackface? We'll find out when it comes out in August.

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