I think this is the first acting gig I’ve seen Mel Gibson in in years! In a new Funny or Die video, Gibson joins Jamie Foxx and Garry Shandling as the three of them brainstorm for how they can best honor Robert Downey Jr. for the The American Cinematheque Tribute.
It soon becomes apparent that Foxx is a little bitter that Robert Downey Jr. is being honored for his acting, having played a black man in Tropic Thunder. “Listen, he does this now, if we don’t nip it in the butt, next thing you’ll now he’ll be playing Martin Luther King… ‘I have a dream…,’” says Foxx. He then goes on to explain how they should avoid using the words “black” and “white”. He holds his phone and asks Gibson what it is. “It’s a Blackberry,” sas Gibson. “No, it’s an African American Berry,” responds Foxx. After some trial and error, Foxx asks Gibson again, “What group does Will.I.Am sing for?” Gibson confidently responds, “The African American Eyed Peas“. LOL.
I love how these guys were also able to make fun of themselves. Gibson wasn’t afraid to bring up his trouble with the law, Shandling his face, etc. You have to watch this. Great to see Gibson back in the spotlight for something that doesn’t involve a mugshot.