Robert Downey, Jr.
Perhaps the most controversial of the “Black” moments is Robert Downey Jr.’s appearance within the film Tropic Thunder. The movie about making a movie, casts Downey as an actor (Kirk Lazarus) who goes through skin darkening treatments in order to play the role of Sgt. Lincoln Osiris in the secondary movie taking place within the woods. Lazarus uses method acting to “become” the sergeant, using “Black” English, and even assuming the “them” and “us” dynamic, suggesting that he was a real black man. Surprisingly, Downey was hilarious and found a way to play such a role without being offensive. That’s probably why he obtained a Golden Globe nomination for his work.