Day Shift star Jamie Foxx recently pondered on his unreleased movie All-Star Weekend, which boasted a cast that included Robert Downey Jr. and other A-list actors.
Foxx recently talked about his unreleased 2016 comedy film All-Star Weekend with CinemaBlend. The movie also stars Jeremy Piven, Benicio del Toro, Gerard Butler, and Eva Longoria. Foxx claimed that the “present status” of humour prevented the audience from seeing his unreleased movie All-Star Weekend.
Foxx and Piven played two best friends who had just won tickets to an NBA All-Star game in the movie. The two take a road trip to Los Angeles to see the game and encounter several interesting people along the way. Foxx apparently plays a racist white police officer in one of his many roles, while Downey Jr. plays a Mexican man in some of the personas. The landscape for humour has been difficult, according to Foxx. Fox stated that they were attempting to “crack open the sensitive parts where people go back to laughing again” in regards to the movie’s release date. We were really going for it, and we want to keep them laughing all the way until “All-Star Weekend.”
Foxx has defended his choice to cast Downey Jr. as a Mexican man, recalling that Downey Jr. “killed that” when he portrayed a Black man in the popular comedy Tropic Thunder. However, when people reflect on the position, it doesn’t always make them pleased, and some even find it offensive. The casting directors of Tropic Thunder could have chosen an actor of colour to play the role rather than Downey Jr., who is the opposite, given that he was dressed in Blackface. Therefore, if the movie were to be released, Foxx’s decision to cast Downey Jr. as a person of colour would undoubtedly face intense criticism.
When it comes to diversity and sensitivity in the stories it chooses to tell, the entertainment industry has gone a long way. Hollywood is now allowing performers of colour, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people from various socioeconomic backgrounds to appear on screen and present very real, self-reflective stories. So perhaps it’s best that All-Star Weekend doesn’t get published because all it might do is prevent the advancements made in Hollywood over the past few decades.