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Tropic Thunder (2008)

Action, Comedy, War |

Tropic Thunder is a action comedy film directed by Ben Stiller. It stars Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Jay Baruchel, and Brandon T. Jackson as a group of prima donna actors who are making a Vietnam War film. When their frustrated director drops them in the middle of a jungle, they are forced to rely on their acting skills to survive the real action and danger. It is a parody of many famous war movies specifically those based on the Vietnam War.

The screenplay was written by Justin Theroux, Stiller, and Etan Cohen from a story by Stiller and Theroux. The film was produced by Stuart Cornfeld, Stiller, and Eric McLeod for Red Hour Productions and DreamWorks Pictures as an international co-production between the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Hook-handed Vietnam veteran Staff Sergeant John “Four Leaf” Tayback’s memoir, Tropic Thunder, is being made into a film. With the exception of newcomer supporting actor Kevin Sandusky, the cast—fading action hero Tugg Speedman, five-time Academy Award-winning Australian method actor Kirk Lazarus, rapper Alpa Chino, and drug-addicted comedian Jeff Portnoy—all cause problems for director Damien Cockburn, who cannot control them, resulting in a million-dollar pyrotechnics scene being wasted. The project is months behind schedule. Studio executive Les Grossman orders Damien to get the cast under control or risk the project’s cancellation.

On Four Leaf’s advice, Damien drops the actors into the middle of the jungle, with hidden cameras and rigged special effects explosions to film “guerrilla-style”. The actors have guns that fire blanks, along with a map and scene listing that will lead to a helicopter waiting at the end of the route. Unknown to the actors and production, the group have been dropped in the middle of the Golden Triangle, the home of the heroin-producing Flaming Dragon gang.

Director: Ben Stiller

Writers: Justin Theroux (story & screenplay), Ben Stiller (story & screenplay), Etan Cohen (screenplay)

Stars: Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Cruise, Brandon T. Jackson, Jay Baruchel, Steve Coogan

Cast:

Jeff KahnSnooty Waiter – Fatties Trailer
Robert Downey Jr.Kirk Lazarus – Hot LZ
Anthony RuivivarPlatoon Sergeant Shot in Head – Hot LZ
Jack BlackJeff Portnoy – Hot LZ
Jay BaruchelKevin Sandusky – Hot LZ
Brandon T. JacksonAlpa Chino – Hot LZ
Ben StillerTugg Speedman – Hot LZ
Eric WinzenriedChopper Pilot – Hot LZ
Steve CooganDamien Cockburn – Vietnam Crew
Valerie AzlynnDamien’s Assistant – Vietnam Crew
Matt LevinCameraperson – Vietnam Crew
David PressmanFirst Assistant Director – Vietnam Crew
Amy StillerScript Supervisor – Vietnam Crew
Danny McBrideCody – Vietnam Crew
Dempsey SilvaSpecial Effects Assistant – Vietnam Crew
Bill HaderStudio Executive Rob Slolom – Vietnam Crew
Nick NolteFour Leaf Tayback – Vietnam Crew
Jeff WeidemannSpeedman Assistant – Vietnam Crew (as Jeff Weideman)
Nadine EllisSpeedman Assistant – Vietnam Crew
Rachel AverySpeedman Assistant – Vietnam Crew
Darryl FarmerAlpa’s Posse – Vietnam Crew
Rod TateAlpa’s Posse – Vietnam Crew
Maria MenounosMaria Menounos – Access Hollywood
Tyra BanksTyra Banks – The Tyra Banks Show
Christine TaylorRebecca – Simple Jack Clip
Jel GalizaSpeedman’s Chef – Speedman’s Mansion
Andrea de OliveiraSpeedman’s Trainer – Speedman’s Mansion
Matthew McConaugheyRick Peck – Peck’s Office
Yvette Nicole BrownPeck’s Assistant – Peck’s Office
Reggie LeeByong – Flaming Dragon Compound
Trieu TranTru – Flaming Dragon Compound
Brandon Soo HooTran – Flaming Dragon Compound
J. Thomas ChonHalf Squat – Flaming Dragon Compound
Jacob ChonHalf Squat – Flaming Dragon Compound
Tom CruiseLes Grossman – Grossman’s Office
Mini AndenGrossman’s Secretary – Grossman’s Office
Mike HoaglandGrossman’s Assistant – Grossman’s Office
Jon VoightJon Voight – Awards Ceremony
Jennifer Love HewittJennifer Love Hewitt – Awards Ceremony
Jason BatemanJason Bateman – Awards Ceremony
Lance BassLance Bass – Awards Ceremony
Alicia SilverstoneAlicia Silverstone – Awards Ceremony
Don AbernathyAcademy Award Attendee
Linda BellaJon Voight’s Date
Denise BradleyAcademy Award Guest
Ella ChristopherStewardess
Natalie CohenStewardess
Larry CruzGorilla Soldier
Angela DaunStarlet
Clark DeVolSack Race Boy
Josh DiazAwards Ceremony
Kaylee DodsonSack Race Girl
Jasmine DustinTrophy Presenter
David D. EspinozaAudience Member
David Daniel EspinozaAudience Member
Eric FelicianoAcademy Awards Audience Member
Joe ForbesGuerilla Guard
Austin HonakerAcademy Awards Attendee
Miko HughesRadio DJ
Dave JohnsonJournalist
Jillian JohnstonFour Leaf’s Date
James LewFlaming Dragon Compound Person
Lesley Nicole LewisBooty Sweat Dancer
Tobey MaguireTobey Maguire
Fadhia Carmelle MarcelinAcademy Awards Attendee
Paul McMichaelAward show attendee
Anya MonzikovaTrophy Presenter
The Mooney SuzukiThemselves
Chad MountainAgency Assistant
Brittany Perry-RussellBooty Sweat Girl
Simon RheeFlaming Dragon Compound Person
DJ RiversAward Show Security
Samantha SadoffFarm Girl
Eli SantanaAcademy Awards Attendee
Gaku SpaceGuerilla Guard
Becca SweitzerGo Go Dancer
Kaye Marie TaliseAcademy Awards Attendee
Sandra ValladaresRed Carpet Reporter
Julie VanOscar Attendee
Jobeth WagnerAcademy Awards Attendee

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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