With every day that passes, Damien’s vision for Tropic Thunder continues to be crushed like a common junebug. Earlier this week, I was puzzled to learn he was casting the rapper, Alpa Chino, singer of the hit song, “I Love tha Pussy,” for the role of Motown, the black 19-year-old from Detroit. Having no acting experience, it would appear as though Mr. Chino’s urban marketability has landed him this role.
Once on set, Alpa Chino seemed uninterested in the film entirely. Rather, he found every available opportunity to promote his line of Bust-A-Nut energy bars and Booty Sweat energy drink. I find it hard to contain my disgust. Four Leaf Tayback’s memoir is a haunting story of selflessness. The very thought that its cinematic incarnation will be used as a marketing vehicle for some sort of pep drink makes me ill.