Robert Downey, Jr. Playing a Black Solider?

Robert Downey, Jr. Playing a Black Solider?

Who is that weird looking black man standing behind Ben Stiller.

Published April 3, 2008

Robert Downey Who is that weird looking black man standing behind Ben Stiller.

No, that's not Andre Royo (Bubbles) from "The Wire" but Robert Downey, Jr.

This picture is from "Tropic Thunder," which is set for release in August, where Downey is in black face and plays the character Lazarus in the film.

The film is a comedy, which raises a red flag on why Downey or the writers felt the need to play a Black solider instead of his pasty White self.

According to the description about the movie, the character Lazarus, is a serious actor who is cast for a role that was written for a Black character, so he decides to dye his skin for the part.

Thoughts?

Is this no different than Marlon and Shawn Wayans in "White Chicks"?

Written by BET-Staff

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