Jamie Foxx’s directorial debut was shelved over casting

Jamie Foxx’s directorial debut may never debut. This is primarily due to the controversy over the casting of Robert Downey Jr. in what has only been described as a Mexican. While promote his latestthat Vampire comedy Day shiftFoxx discussed the status of his defunct basketball-centric comedy All-Star weekend.

It’s been tough … with the land of comedy … We’re trying to break up the touchy corners where people come back to laugh again.”

It seems that Foxx was actively avoiding the quick phrase “cancel culture,” a modern form of backlash that a movie like Tropical Thunderdodged by a few years.

One can clearly compare Downey Jr.’s role in that film, where he (in)famously played a white Australian actor who gets “pigmentation change” surgery to play a black soldier. That role sparked controversy—and was especially risky given that it came immediately after Downey Jr.’s post-Iron Man resurgence – but it also earned him an Oscar nomination. Some questions about Tropical Thunder could be made in today’s climate.

It turns out that Downey Jr.’s role in the All-Star weekend would have been more of a cameo as he was reportedly only on set for four hours. The film would have reunited Foxx and Downey Jr. after the 2009s The soloist and the 2010s Due date.

All-Star weekend stars Foxx and Jeremy Piven as two basketball-obsessed truck drivers who score tickets to the NBA All-Star Game. (Foxx also said he has another role as a “white, racist cop.”) It was originally intended to be released in 2018 around the time of the NBA All-Star Game and then again in 2019 before being shelved entirely.

What are your thoughts on Foxx’s statement on why his debut was shelved? Does cancellation culture play too big a role in film releases? Do you think Tropical Thunder could be released in 2022? Let us know your thoughts below!

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