According to Diversity, All Star Weekend stars Jamie Foxx and Jeremy Piven, a pair of best friends who are NBA superfans and hit the road for the league’s All Star Weekend after winning tickets to the annual event. The friends reportedly meet many strange people along the way, including Downey’s character, who is billed for IMDb cast and crew page as “Mexican Stranger”. New York Post confirmed the casting with photos of Downey dressed as the character on the film’s set.
In 2017, Fox was aware of the potential outrage Downey could cause by playing a Mexican in All-Star Weekend. However, in an interview with the podcaster Joe RoganFox used the role of Downey as a black man, who in the context of the film was actually a white actor who had altered skin pigmentation, in Tropic Thunder as part of his offer to join All Star Weekend.
“I called Robert and said, ‘Listen, I need you to play the Mexican.’ He said, “Dude, here’s the thing… Fuck it, of course,” Fox recalled, posing as Downey for Rogan. “But then he answered and said, ‘I’m nervous about playing a Mexican,’ and I said, ‘Well, damn, you played a Black dude.’ [in ‘Tropic Thunder’] and you killed that shit.” We have to be able to create characters.”
Interestingly, Fox said that among the many characters he played in the film, he took on the role of a “racist white cop”, listening to Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans put on a white face – and switch genders to boot – to play. their main characters in the 2004 crime comedy White Chicks.