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Robert Downey Jr. ‘Would Piss in Character’ for ‘Tropic Thunder’

Robert Downey Jr.‘s meta Technique appearing could have been a bit of too…Technique-ly…on “Tropic Thunder.”

His co-star Danny McBride advised GQ (video beneath) how the current Oscar winner stayed in character all through manufacturing of the 2008 comedy. And we do imply all through manufacturing. Downey, who performed an egomaniac Technique actor who donned Blackface within the satirical movie in regards to the making of a struggle film, would even “piss in character,” McBride stated.

Maybe that earned him his 2009 Greatest Supporting Actor Academy-Award nomination. (He didn’t win; Heath Ledger did posthumously for “The Darkish Knight.”)

McBride, who performed an explosives director on set, recalled being up in a watchtower and nonetheless listening to Downey in his earpiece speaking to himself even on the best way to the restroom.

“I assume throughout one of many takes that they had left Downey’s mic on and so I’m sitting up there and I’m like, ‘Oh shit, I can hear what he’s saying,’” McBride stated. “He was speaking to individuals and he was in character the entire time. After which I even watched him stroll again to his trailer and noticed it from down there and he was speaking to himself.”

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PANIC ROOM, background from left: Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart, 2002. ©Columbia Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

McBride stated Downey was singing “‘I’m going to go drain the snake, I’m going to go drain the snake’” whereas strolling to the bathrooms.

“He made up a track about how was going to go piss — in character — for nobody else’s profit apart from his personal,” McBride stated with amusing.

“Tropic Thunder” was directed by Ben Stiller, who additionally starred within the function as an motion star who will get kidnapped by precise drug lords whereas on location for the “Apocalypse Now”-esque struggle movie. McBride shared that Stiller took the meta meta meta-ness to a different degree by even together with actual studio notes as dialogue for Invoice Hader’s studio govt character.

“Even simply the best way he would deal with the studio was fairly humorous. It’s like, they might give dailies again every day and I keep in mind the studio would give him notes like, ‘We’d like extra large photographs,’ or, ‘This must be funnier, it’s too darkish,’” McBride stated. “And Ben would simply take these notes after which give them to Invoice Hader’s character to only say within the film and be mocked and ridiculed. After which I believe the notes slowed down after that.”

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