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Tropic Thunder

"The movie they think they're making... isn't a movie anymore."

A film crew is in Southeast Asia filming a Vietnam-war memoir. It's early in the shooting, but they're already behind schedule and over budget. Tthe cast and crew are attacked by a gang of poppy-growing local drug dealers, except the cast and crew don't realize these aren't actors who are stalking them. The thugs kidnap Tugg Speedman, an actor whose star seems on the decline, and it's ...

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Released: Aug 13th, 2008
Budget: $92,000,000.00
Revenue: $188,072,649.00

Tropic Thunder Main Cast

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Jeff Kahn
Jeff Kahn
plays Snooty Waiter - Fatties Trailer
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr.
plays Kirk Lazarus
Anthony Ruivivar
Anthony Ruivivar
plays Platoon Sergeant Shot in Head - H…
Jack Black
Jack Black
plays Jeff Portnoy - Hot LZ
Jay Baruchel
Jay Baruchel
plays Kevin Sandusky - Hot LZ
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • While filming, Jay Baruchel and Brandon T. Jackson had to be trained on how to use a gun. Jack Black used an M-60, also known as "The Pig." According to his co-stars, he seemed very experienced, despite never having used a gun before.
  • Ben Stiller says that nearly all aspects of the Les Grossman character were developed by Tom Cruise, including the dancing and the look of the makeup. Stiller said that in addition to the more obvious makeup effects applied to Cruise's face and head, and the extra hair on his chest and arms, Cruise also decided to play the character wearing oversized prosthetic hands.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): When they are distracting the rebels with Jeff, Alpa and Sandusky are treading through the water holding up their guns. A close up shows a normal shot of the guns, but from far away Sandusky's gun still has a plug on it.
  • Ben Stiller first came up with the idea for this film while working on Empire of the Sun. He has said in interviews that at the time he had friends who were actors in Platoon and Hamburger Hill and they would go on about the intense "boot camp" preparation and simulation of war these projects involved and how it made them feel like real soldiers. Stiller found this funny because he thought that being an actor in a war film was nothing like being a real soldier in a real war.
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