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Tropic Thunder Solves Its R-Word Problem With A DVD Extra

Lindsay Robertson | December 19, 2008 - 12:09 pm

It was a big deal for a while last summer when Tropic Thunder released previews containing the scene where Robert Downey, Jr. urges Ben Stiller to “Never go full retard.” I watched the DVD last night and was curious as to whether Paramount gave in to pressure from groups representing the intellectually disabled and took the scene out (which would have been lame, in my opinion, though the entire brouhaha was pretty predictable on the part of the studio.) The line stayed in, but when you go to watch the DVD extras, the first thing you see is this PSA, without any explanation as to why it’s there:

A nice, if hypocritical, effort. Though “Never go full respect.” would totally ruin the joke.