Tropic Thunder's For Your Consideration Ads for Kirk Lazarus!
by Alex Billington
December 5, 2008
For You Consideration: The Most Acclaimed Actor of His Generation… Gives the Performance of a Lifetime. Those are the words that are featured on Kirk Lazarus' For Your Consideration Oscar ad. Who is Kirk Lazarus you ask? He played Sgt. Osiris in Tropic Thunder! No, not Robert Downey Jr., the other guy, disguised as the dude playing the other dude. Paramount has begun some extra marketing for the Oscar season and put out a hilarious series of ads, some of which show up on Hollywood Elsewhere (via Awards Daily). Interestingly, I have a very good feeling Downey Jr's going to actually get nominated. Why?
Because if they nominate him, even just to have him as a nominee, since we all know Heath Ledger is going to win this category anyway, it's going to cause people to watch the Oscars. And the Academy wants nothing more than millions of viewers next February. The numbers have been going down and they're desperate to turn it into a big event again. Why do you think they allowed new trailers to air during the commercials? And do you think these ads are to be taken seriously? Maybe this is all a way of saying "we're sorry" to Robert Downey Jr. and company for pushing back The Soloist to next year? What do you think?