Robert Downey Jr. Performance in Tropic Thunder He received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Although he lost it (to Heath Ledger for The Joker in The Dark Knight), his work received much critical and audience acclaim. But it is not without opponents.
In the Ben Stiller directory, Downey Jr. plays Kirk Lazarus, an Australian methodologist who undergoes “pigmentation alteration” surgery to permanently darken his face. He did so to play a black role in a war film on the Vietnam War.
The portrayal, naturally, provoked serious criticism and continues to be controversial. However, Downey Jr. once said he did not regret being blackmailed.
He explained the reason to Joe Rogan in his podcast. He said, “When Ben called out, ‘Hey, I’m doing this’ – and, you know, Sean Penn might have gone beyond that or something like that, smart – and I thought, ‘Yeah, I do,’ after ‘Iron Man’ I will, “the actor joked. “And then I started thinking, ‘This is a terrible idea.'”
He said, “I thought, ‘Wait, buddy. Get real here. Where is your heart?’ And my heart is … I’m black in the summer, you’re in my mind now, so I have something in it. That is, I can capture the hypocrisy of the artists’ self-involvement and the nature of what they think they are allowed to do in the context. Only my opinion. “
Downey Jr. noted that “90 percent” of his black friends appreciated the role.
Tropic Thunder is a satirical action-comedy starring Tom Cruise, Nick Nolte, Matthew McConaughey and Bill Header.