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Kirk Lazarus For Best Supporting Actor?

Say it ain't so...

But it is...

Apparently, Dreamworks has launched a Best Supporting Actor campaign for "Kirk Lazarus," the fictional character Robert Downey Jr played in this summer's Tropic Thunder.

Remember that? The one in which he played a white actor who dons black skin to play a black man in a film within a film. The picture above should immediately jolt your memory.

This would all be really humorous if it was some kind of a hoax. But, alas, it's not. The above campaign, which is also accompanied by 2 short-form video compilation clips of Downey's scenes in the film, are in fact, Dreamworks's attempt at a viral web marketing strategy pushing Robert Downey Jr. for the same Best Supporting Actor award in real life, for his performance as Kirk Lazarus in Tropic Thunder, or as the above poster says, "the Dude, playing a Dude, Disguised as Another Dude."

How clever... I guess.

via /FILM


  1. SolShine7 said...

    I hope he doesn't win! That would be horrid. I'd hate to see blackface turn into a trend.

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