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Mel Gibson, Jamie Foxx brainstorm Robert Downey Jr. tribute

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Heroes-and-Villains-Essays_lIn a new video, Funny or Die video goes “behind the scenes” with Mel Gibson, Jamie Foxx, and Garry Shandling as they gathered to toss around ideas for a Robert Downey Jr. tribute at last month’s 25th Annual American Cinematheque Award Ceremony. Foxx quickly highjacked the meeting, going off about Downey’s Oscar-nominated role in Tropic Thunder before offering a Downey impression complete with the actor’s trademark gesticulations. Along the way, Downey’s checkered past was addressed, Jodie Foster got a shout-out, and Gibson even offered a few winks at his beleaguered reputation with an “Oy vey!” and a throwaway line about RuPaul that’s worth the price of admission alone. Check out the full video after the jump.

What did you think of “The Brainstorm,” PopWatchers? What was your favorite bit? Foxx’s snark that “if we don’t nip it in the bud, next thing you know, he’ll be playing Martin Luther King,” was pretty outstanding. Can you appreciate Gibson’s ability to poke fun at himself? And sympathize with Shandling’s befuddlement at being included? Is Downey starring in a Mo’Nique biopic the greatest idea you’ve ever heard? (Though, from the looks of it, he’ll have some stiff competition from Foxx — and probably Tyler Perry… just because.)

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