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Some Are Trying To Get Robert Downey Jr. “Cancelled” For His ‘Tropic Thunder’ Role

Tropic Thunder came out back in 2008, and was met with near universal acclaim. The film received wonderful reviews and was a hit at the box office. Robert Downey Jr. was even nominated for an Oscar for his performance in which he played the dude – playing a dude – disguised as another dude. Well, in 2020, the past is often brought back in attempts to “cancel” certain people for their past wrongdoings, and apparently some believe that the actor should be “cancelled” for playing this role nearly 12 years ago.

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The majority, however, seem to disagree with #CancelRDJ:

Robert Downey Jr. actually discussed the role back in January of this year, saying:

“…so when Ben [Stiller] called and said “Hey, I’m doing this thing and you know, I think maybe Sean Pean had passed on it or something like that, possibly wisely, and I thought, ‘Yeah I’ll do that and I’ll do that after Iron Man.’”

He continued:

“And then I started thinking this is a terrible idea. Wait a minute. And then I thought hold on dude get real here, ‘Where is your heart?’ And my heart is A. I get to be black for a summer, in my mind. So there’s something in it for me.”

He added:

“The other thing is I get to hold up to nature the insane self-involved hypocrisy of artists and what they think they are allowed to do on occasion. Just my opinion Also, Ben who is a masterful artist and director. Pry the closest thing to a Charlie Chaplain that I’ve experienced in my lifetime.”

He spoke about it being impossible to not be an offensive movie:

“It was impossible to not have it be an offensive nightmare of a movie. And 90% of my black friends were like ‘Dude that was great.’”

Rogan asked about the other 10 percent, to which RDJ said:

“You know, I can’t disagree with them. But I know where my heart was. And I think that it’s never an excuse to do something that is out of place and nut of its time. But to me, it was a blasting cap on… and by the way I think White Chicks came out pretty soon after that and I was like ‘I love that,’ I was like, ‘That was great.’”

He then pointed out what some in the tweets above have referenced about the movie:

“Again, not in my defense, but Tropic Thunder was about how wrong that is. So, I take exception”

So there you have it. Will Robert Downey Jr. be cancelled for a role in a movie that came out back in 2008 that some are just now noticing? Probably not – but we’ll keep you posted if anything actually comes of the Tropic Thunder related hashtag.

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