Downey's the real deal in a world of fake

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My favorite gag in " Tropic Thunder " comes just before "Tropic Thunder" itself, in a movie trailer touting a fake movie called "Satan's Alley." The pretend drama, a kind of "Brokeback Monk-Man," stars ...
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Nick

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Aug 12, 2008
 
Wow you wrote this in the future... Today is August 12, 2008 not the 13th...
W-T-F

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Aug 12, 2008
 
Nick wrote:
Wow you wrote this in the future... Today is August 12, 2008 not the 13th...
How astute of you to notice.

Most writers to Tribune blogs have a hard time counting to three without taking their shoes off.
Come On

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Aug 12, 2008
 
What ever happened to people just watching a movie. All the kooks out there raising hell over this stuff. It is so sad that today everyone tries to force people to live in padded cells, with padded clothes so "no one gets hurt".
Man up.
dlm6536

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Aug 12, 2008
 
It was hilarious ... it's so refreshing to see they can laugh at themselves and I feel so smart that I got the jokes. Some were a little over the edge and I was uncomfortable finding those particular scenes funny but in the end, it taught me something about myself which is the point, right?
Geez

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Aug 12, 2008
 
Some people have no sense of humor...
Hope

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Aug 12, 2008
 
If mental retardation interest groups are screaming and threatening boycotts of this movie, that can only mean one thing: It must be gut-busting hilarious.

Since: Oct 07

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Aug 12, 2008
 
If you are offended, just shut up. Personally, I wasn't even thinking of seeing this. Until I heard about all the "Retarded" hullabaloo.

Then it hit my radar hard and fast, like a retard on a skateboard.
Mongo

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Aug 13, 2008
 

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With all this sensitivity crap, can you imagine if "Blazing Saddles" was released today? It's one of the funniest movies I've ever seen, and it offended everyone, so would everyone boycott it today?
Robert Okazaki

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Aug 13, 2008
 
Mr. Phillips comment that "blackface humor is dicey", while giving no similar concern to the "retard" references, reflects a continuing societal disregard for the minority status of persons with disabilities when compared to other minority groups.

Should societal norms ever reach the point where everyone is treated with equal regard, perhaps then, it will be permissible to treat all groups with equal disregard.
Pete

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Aug 14, 2008
 
This controversy has become quite retarded. All the protests are doing is giving the film free publicity. I hadn't even heard of it before today. Now I want to go see it for this reason alone.
pyro

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Aug 14, 2008
 
Pete wrote:
This controversy has become quite retarded. All the protests are doing is giving the film free publicity. I hadn't even heard of it before today. Now I want to go see it for this reason alone.
Ha. I hope a lot of people are like you and see the movie just because other people don't want them to. That will teach those idiots not to try to get others to boycot some movie just because they disagree with something said in it.
RamRod

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Aug 14, 2008
 
Geeesshh!

If we keep maintaining a disdain for "societal disregard" (sic), we can just shut down anything that has any humor in it.

I'm a minority (scandanavian) and am so disappointed that by now we haven't found any humorous failings, among us "vikings", to poke fun at. No norseman jokes, no humorous jabs at Jensens, Nelsons, Kirkagaards, et al.

Grow some thicker skin and think of me as a conservative retard. OK?
RamRod

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#15
Aug 14, 2008
 
Oh, and to Robert Downey, Jr., congratulations on the completeness of your comeback!
I never doubted it for a minute. Having that much talent (TV, music, film and stage (of many genres) and allowing it to fade to the background forever would be impossible.
Ready for some more music, Mr. Downey.
Nikki Patin

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#16
Aug 14, 2008
 
Blackface humor isn't dicey. Neither is "retard" humor, if there is such a thing. It's painful. To all who can get the joke and laugh, congratulations. Don't shout down those of us who can't, though. Part of freedom of speech is allowing rebuttal and refusal to play along with the joke. Critical analysis is also sorely missing from the conversation. There are millions of people of color who have undergone painful skin treatments, in order to offset the self-hatred that racism can potentially create, not to prep for a film role. Downey's character's "commitment" to his craft is shaky ground on which to justify Blackface in 2008. It's a reminder of when Black actors couldn't get work and those who could were forced to play servants and slaves. There are still a disproportionate amount of Black professionals in Hollywood, both behind the camera and in front of it. If they really wanted to lampoon a Hollywood cliche, they could have utilized Blackface as a way to illustrate the racism that permeates every aspect of the American entertainment complex. Instead, we have yet another movie, written and directed by people who get to use groups that they don't belong to, in order to get a few laughs and make a lot more money. I think that the American way is all about having the power to make choices. If watching a movie that makes fun of the mentally disabled and Black people doesn't do it for me, then why can't I talk about that and why should I put money in the pockets of people who clearly don't share my values? I'm not trying to censor anyone...they can make as many movies as they want and will. I just don't have to support it and I don't have to like it, either. That, my friends, is what America is all about.
Richard Friedman

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#17
Aug 14, 2008
 
I saw the movie and think those who are supposedly "offended" by it either have not seen or do not understand it. The movie is social commentary on Hollywood culture and works on that level, even if it is not one laugh after another. As for Cruise, he's credited in the version I saw. Although I am not big fan of Cruise, his performance was brilliant and in my mind Oscar worthy.
david calo

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#18
Aug 14, 2008
 
Went to an early premier 2 weeks ago. It is vulgar and very funny.
RamRod

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#19
Aug 15, 2008
 
Sorry, one more thing:

Mongo -

"Blazing Saddles" didn't offend everyone. I'm Scandahoovian and found no offensive references to Norseman or Vikings or even blond-haired, blue-eyed white people.

OK, I WAS OFFENDED BY THE EXCLUSION.

"Never mind".
MONGO

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Aug 15, 2008
 
RamRod wrote:
Sorry, one more thing:
Mongo -
"Blazing Saddles" didn't offend everyone. I'm Scandahoovian and found no offensive references to Norseman or Vikings or even blond-haired, blue-eyed white people.
OK, I WAS OFFENDED BY THE EXCLUSION.
"Never mind".
You missed the part about how every business owner in the town of Rock Ridge was named Johnson.

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