Is that Downey? Okey DoQui

Is it just me, or does Robert Downey, Jr., seem to be channeling the the great character actor Robert DoQui (of Nashville and Robocop fame) in Tropic Thunder? Mind you, I haven’t seen the film yet, but I do know that he plays a method actor in the movie who goes to extreme measures to play an African American (in the movie within the movie), apparently drawing his examples from American exploitation cinema of the seventies. But all I saw in the previews was an uncanny resemblance to Robert DoQui, who passed away in February of 2008.


  • Bob Cumbow

    August 15, 2008

    That is astonishing.

  • Sean Axmaker

    August 15, 2008

    I have no idea if it’s intentional or not – I wonder if anyone has asked Downey about it?

  • Arbogast on Film

    August 18, 2008

    As one of the few bloggers who eulogized Robert DoQui at the time of his recent death, I’m heartened to see he lives on… kinda-sorta. Actually Downey’s character (well, the dude imperstonating the dude) looks like any number of black actors in the 70s (Tony King, Felton Perry, Austin Stoker) and it makes me sad that we don’t see more of that kind of, well, dude anymore.

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