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Ben Stiller's satirical look at Hollywood, Tropic Thunder concerns the production of an epic Vietnam War film that quickly derails thanks to the giant egos of everyone involved in the production. Stiller stars as Tugg Speedman, an action hero trying to segue out of that genre. Jack Black plays Jeff Portnoy, a drug-addicted fat comic also attempting to change his image by taking on such a serious film. They star alongside Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.), one of the world's most awarded actors, and a man who insists on immersing himself totally in a role. In this case, that means Lazarus has had his skin dyed in order to portray an African-American soldier. After their outrageous behavior lands the film's director, Damien Cockburn (Steve Coogan), in very hot water with producer Les Grossman (Tom Cruise), Cockburn takes the advice of grizzled Vietnam vet Four Leaf Tayback (Nick Nolte); in order to gain control of his performers, Cockburn drops the actors off in the jungle, planning to film the movie guerrilla-style with hidden cameras. When the group stumbles upon a heroin production camp, the actors are unaware that they are in very real danger. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

  • Release date:August 13, 2008

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Tom Cruise Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2008 Nominee
Austin Film Critics Danny McBride Best Breakthrough Artist 2008 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Robert Downey, Jr. Best Supporting Actor 2008 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Robert Downey, Jr. Best Supporting Actor 2008 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Robert Downey, Jr. Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2008 Nominee
Southeastern Film Critics Association Robert Downey, Jr. Best Supporting Actor 2008 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Robert Downey, Jr. Best Supporting Actor 2008 Nominee
Detroit Film Critics Society Robert Downey, Jr. Best Supporting Actor 2008 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Downey, Jr. Best Supporting Actor 2008 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Robert Downey, Jr. Best Supporting Actor 2008 Nominee
American Cinema Editors Guild Greg Hayden Best Edited Feature - Comedy or Musical 2008 Nominee

Cast

Ben Stiller
as Tugg Speedman
Jack Black
as Jeff Portnoy
Robert Downey, Jr.
as Kirk Lazarus
Nick Nolte
as Four Leaf Tayback
Steve Coogan
as Damien Cockburn
Jay Baruchel
as Kevin Sandusky
Danny McBride
as Cody
Brandon T. Jackson
as Alpa Chino
Bill Hader
as Studio Executive Rob Slolom
Reggie Lee
as Byong
Trieu Tran
as Tru
Eric Winzenreid
as chopper pilot
Matthew McConaughey
as Rick Peck
Valerie Azlynn
as Damien's assistant
Tom Cruise
as Les Grossman
Matt Levin
as cameraperson
Amy Stiller
as script supervisor
David Pressman
as First assistant director
Dempsey Silva
as special effects assistant
Justin Theroux
as Jan Jurgen

Crew

Ben Stiller
Director
Ben Stiller
Producer
Eric McLeod
Producer
Stuart Cornfeld
Producer
Etan Cohen
Screenwriter
Justin Theroux
Screenwriter
Justin Theroux
Screen Story
Ben Stiller
Screen Story
Ben Stiller
Screenwriter
John Toll
Cinematographer
Theodore Shapiro
Composer (Music Score)
George Drakoulias
Musical Direction/Supervision
Greg Hayden
Editor
Jeff Mann
Production Designer
Dan Webster
Art Director
Richard L. Johnson
Art Director
Brian Taylor
Co-producer
Justin Theroux
Executive Producer
Marlene Stewart
Costume Designer
Francine Maisler
Casting
Al Laverde
Key Grip
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