We live in the weirdest times:
Yeah, it's not like an actor's job is to pretend to be someone they are not.
You know, like a billionaire playboy who fights aliens in his supersuit. Playing a Mexican is so much more fantastical than that.
"It's been tough with the lay of the land when it comes to comedy," Foxx said in an interview with CinemaBlend. "We're trying to break open the sensitive corners where people go back to laughing again… We hope to keep them laughing and run them right into ‘All-Star Weekend' because we were definitely going for it."
The irony of this situation is how it echoes another one Downey found himself in with the 2008 comedy Tropic Thunder. That movie is easily one of — if not the best — comedies of the last fifteen to twenty years.
In that film, he plays a white actor who has his skin surgically altered so he can play a Black character. Anyone paying attention knew that the character made fun of the absurd lengths method actors take to get into character.
Of course, there were still those who didn't bother to pick up on that last tidbit of info and started shrieking that the character was racist. That still gets brought up to this day.
The funny thing is, Foxx specifically hired Downey, Jr. because of the Tropic Thunder role.
In 2017, Foxx mentioned Downey's performance in Tropic Thunder as the reason he called him up to appear in his movie.
"I called Robert, I said, ‘I need you to play a Mexican.' I said, ‘S***, you played the Black dude [in ‘Tropic Thunder'] and you killed that s***.' We got to be able to do characters," Foxx said.
The movie itself also stars Foxx, Jeremy Piven, Benicio del Toro, Gerard Butler, and Eva Longoria, and the plot focuses on two friends trying to get to the NBA All-Star game and running into major comedic hurdles along the way.
Which actually sounds like a pretty funny movie.
But nope, Foxx is too worried about the mob to do anything, even if he could find a distributor.
Unfortunately, back in May, the film's co-star Jeremy Piven said that All-Star Weekend will probably never be released because "Jamie doesn't want to release it."
C'mon, Jamie! Do the right thing!
Do you know how awesome it is when you release an great movie that ALSO triggers the mob? Do you know how much money you could rake in??
Just ask Tom Cruise!!
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