Is this the funniest drama you’ll ne'er spot — due to the fact that of cancel culture?
In 2016, Jamie Foxx, 54, and Jeremy Piven, 57, started filming “All-Star Weekend,” a movie astir 2 NBA-obsessed friends successful Indiana. Piven’s quality is Steph Curry’s biggest fan, portion Foxx’s worships LeBron James. The brace triumph tickets to the NBA All-Star Weekend successful Los Angeles and connected their mode retired west, they tally into a formed of wacky characters and find themselves successful a unsafe concern with their hoop idols.
The premise and the cast, which includes Robert Downey Jr., Benicio del Toro, Gerard Butler and Eva Longoria, look similar a slam dunk. And Foxx, who was making his directorial debut with the movie, gave galore glowing interviews astir the project.
“It’s truthful applicable close now,” Foxx told the Hollywood Reporter successful 2018. “Comedy, close now, needs a movie like ‘All-Star Weekend’ and thing you haven’t seen before.”
The movie was primitively slated to beryllium released during the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend, but was pushed to the 2019 hoops extravaganza due to the fact that of post-production delays. Then it ne'er appeared, and present the movie seems to person been indefinitely shelved.
Last week, Foxx suggested the wit was excessively retired of bounds for today’s uptight drama clime successful which comedians similar Dave Chappelle and Ricky Gervais person landed successful blistery h2o for jokes that person touched society’s 3rd rails.
“It’s been pugnacious with the laic of the onshore erstwhile it comes to comedy,” Foxx told CinemaBlend last week erstwhile asked astir “All-Star Weekend.”
“We’re trying to interruption unfastened the delicate corners wherever radical spell backmost to laughing again,” helium said, continuing to beryllium vague astir the film’s status.
In the envelope-pushing flick, Robert Downey Jr. plays a Mexican antheral and Foxx plays a “white racist cop.”
Foxx has been vocal astir the request for provocative comedy. In a 2017 quality connected Joe Rogan’s podcast, helium said helium ne'er reads societal media comments due to the fact that it would stifle his creativity.
“If I work each the comments I would ne'er archer different joke,” helium said. “I got a movie we conscionable changeable for small oregon nothing, called ‘All-Star Weekend.’ The jokes are each the mode retired determination … If you work the comments, that volition marque you tuck that in,” helium said, calling the task “brilliant.”
“There is immoderate things wherever you tin spot ‘ooh,’ you tin spot there’s immoderate s–t going on,” helium said of the autarkic movie, which was ne'er attached to a studio.
In the aforesaid interrogation helium defended Robert Downey Jr. doing blackface successful the 2008 Vietnam War satire “Tropic Thunder” and said helium suggested Downey Jr. play a Mexican idiosyncratic successful “All-Star Weekend.”
“I called Robert, I said, ‘I request you to play a Mexican.’ ” He initially agreed, but the “Ironman” prima got acold feet and texted the Oscar victor saying the relation made him nervous.
“I said, ‘S–t, you played the achromatic dude and you killed that s–t.’ We got to beryllium capable to bash characters.”
The “Tropic Thunder” relation earned Downey Jr. an Oscar information for champion supporting histrion — and tons of blowback. But helium has nary regrets. During an interview with Joe Rogan successful 2020, Downey Jr. acknowledged the delicacy of the portion and that Sean Penn had “possibly wisely” turned it down.
“And 90 percent of my achromatic friends were like, ‘Dude, that was great.’ I can’t disagree with [the different 10 percent], but I cognize wherever my bosom lies. I deliberation that it’s ne'er an excuse to bash thing that’s retired of spot and retired of its time, but to maine it blasted the headdress connected [the issue]. I deliberation having a motivation science is occupation one. Sometimes, you conscionable gotta go, ‘Yeah I effed up.’ In my defense, ‘Tropic Thunder’ is astir however incorrect [blackface] is, truthful I instrumentality exception.”
Co-star Piven seemed to suggest the hold wasn’t the perchance violative worldly but Foxx’s perfectionist streak. During a May quality connected “Get Some with Gary Owen,” Piven was frank astir the flick’s future.
“We did a movie with Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. and Benicio del Toro and Gerry Butler and you’ll ne'er spot it. Jamie doesn’t privation to merchandise it.
“And it’s 1 of those things wherever Foxx is probably the astir talented feline I’ve ever been around, known, heard of. He’s the funniest feline successful the room. He tin sing. There’s thing Foxx can’t do.
“I had the clip of my beingness … Foxx is truly hard connected himself. He’s 1 of these dudes, you know, helium wants it to beryllium perfect, truthful he’s been holding onto this happening for 5 years.”
Perfectionist oregon not, comedian Luenell, who besides has a portion successful “All-Star Weekend,” gave the movie and Foxx a ringing endorsement successful 2017.
“Lots of radical are successful it, and it’s a truly bully role. It’s much than a cameo. And it’s truly funny. Jamie doesn’t bash junk,” she told the St. Louis Dispatch.
Another imaginable wrinkle is timing. When it was primitively slated for release, the movie had a cleanable real-life hoops peg. Then-Cleveland Cavaliers prima LeBron James and Golden State defender Steph Curry spent 4 years going caput to caput successful the NBA Finals — but the moving rivalry came to an extremity with the 2018 series.
Shelving a finished movie is simply a rarity successful Hollywood, peculiarly 1 with specified large stars. Warner Brothers made headlines earlier this period erstwhile The Post reported the workplace was yanking “Batgirl” aft it was poorly received by audiences astatine trial screenings. Similarly, Jerry Lewis insisted his 1972 flick, “The Day the Clown Cried,” ne'er spot the airy of time because the communicative astir a clown imprisoned successful a Nazi campy was besides poorly received during trial screenings.
According to Deadline the movie was financed, but it’s unclear if investors person been paid backmost by Foxx.
“All-Star Weekend” shaper Avram “Butch” Kaplan said “no comment” erstwhile asked astir the mysterious hold and Foxx’s representatives didn’t instrumentality a telephone for comment.
“It’s going to beryllium a play play by the clip they enactment it out,” added Piven.