Is there a shortage of Black male actors in Hollywood willing to take on roles as…Black men? Was Denzel Washington booked already? Forest Whitaker unwilling?
I ask this because Robert Downey Jr. is scheduled to play a Black man in Ben Stiller’s upcoming comedy Tropic Thunder. Downey is white and will be in blackface.
In the movie, Downey plays an Oscar-winning actor named Kirk Lazarus whose character in the war movie they’re making was written as Black.
Of the role Robert Downey says, “If it’s done right, it could be the type of role you called Peter Sellers to do 35 years ago. If you don’t do it right, we’re going to hell.”
So I guess we’ve reached the point where Black male actors are no longer needed to play themselves in films, Hollywood would rather resort to using white men in blackface.
Great, just great.