2008: The movie "Tropic Thunder," starring Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black and Tom Cruise, opens in theaters. It would capture the No. 1 spot at the box office its opening weekend, a spot it held for its first three weeks on its way to a worldwide total of $188 million. Downey also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role of Australian method actor Kirk Lazarus, who had a controversial "pigmentation alteration" surgery to darken his skin for his portrayal of the black character Sgt. Lincoln Osiris.