Robert Downey Jr.’s risky role in ‘Tropic Thunder’

When Robert Downey Jr. put on dark make-up for film comedy Tropic Thunder, the actor ventured into the racially charged territory of blackface, an old showbiz convention that is no laughing matter.

Downey said he initially worried that his portrayal of a white actor playing a black man could hurt his career and he bristled at being given what he thought would be the most controversial role in the film directed by Ben Stiller.

But so far, Tropic Thunder, which opened last Wednesday, has generated no backlash against the 43-year-old star of Iron Man.

(Screen India)



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