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Tropic Thunder

Promotional poster with Jack Black, Ben Stiller, and Robert Downey Jr.
Directed by Ben Stiller
Produced by Stuart Cornfeld
Eric McLeod
Ben Stiller
Written by Ben Stiller
Justin Theroux
Etan Cohen
Starring Ben Stiller
Jack Black
Robert Downey Jr.
Steve Coogan
Music by Theodore Shapiro
Cinematography John Toll
Editing by Greg Hayden
Distributed by Dreamworks Pictures
Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) August 15, 2008
Running time 125 minutes
Country United States
Budget $70 million
Allmovie profile
IMDb profile

Tropic Thunder is an upcoming 2008 action comedy film directed by Ben Stiller and starring Stiller, Jack Black, and Robert Downey Jr. as a group of actors filming a Vietnam War movie when their fed-up writer-director decides to dump them in the middle of a real war. It is due for release on August 15, 2008.[1]. Image File history File links Future_film. ... Benjamin Edward Stiller (born November 30, 1965) is an Emmy-winning American comedian, actor, film producer and director. ... Stuart Cornfeld is a film producer, partner of Ben Stiller in the company, Red Hour Productions, and an actor. ... Justin Theroux (born August 10, 1971) is an American actor and screenwriter. ... For other persons named Jack Black, see Jack Black (disambiguation). ... Robert John Downey, Jr. ... Stephen John Steve Coogan (born 14 October 1965) is an English actor, impressionist, and comedian. ... Theodore Shapiro is an American composer born on (September 29, 1971 in Washington, D.C.). He is best known for his film scores, particularly from The Devil Wears Prada, Fun with Dick and Jane and You, Me and Dupree, but has also written other works. ... John Toll is an American cinematographer born in Cleveland, Ohio. ... The DreamWorks Boy on the Moon Logo DreamWorks SKG (Spielberg, Katzenberg, Geffen) is a Big Ten studio in the United States of America which develops, produces, and distributes films, music, and television programming. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... This article is about the day of the year. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 in film is slated to have releases such as: Iron Man, Rambo, Step Up 2 the Streets, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Lost Boys: The Tribe, The Dark... Look up Action film in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Benjamin Edward Stiller (born November 30, 1965) is an Emmy-winning American comedian, actor, film producer and director. ... For other persons named Jack Black, see Jack Black (disambiguation). ... Robert John Downey, Jr. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000... This article is about the day of the year. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Cast

Cast

Cameos

Benjamin Edward Stiller (born November 30, 1965) is an Emmy-winning American comedian, actor, film producer and director. ... For other persons named Jack Black, see Jack Black (disambiguation). ... For the documentary about Jerry Seinfeld, see Comedian (film). ... Drug addiction, or dependency is the compulsive use of drugs, to the point where the user has no effective choice but to continue use. ... Robert John Downey, Jr. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Method acting is the endeavour to apply natural rules and laws to the theatre and film acting which can aid an actor with the process of playing a role. ... For other uses, see Sergeant (disambiguation). ... Stephen John Steve Coogan (born 14 October 1965) is an English actor, impressionist, and comedian. ... Nicholas King Nolte (born February 8, 1941) is a Oscar-nominated American actor, model, and producer. ... Tom Cruise (born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV on July 3, 1962) is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor and film producer. ... Tobias Vincent Maguire (born June 27, 1975) is an American actor. ... Matthew David McConaughey (pronounced [1]; born November 4, 1969) is an American actor. ... Katie Holmes (born December 18, 1978) is an American actress who first achieved fame for her role as Joey Potter on The WB television teen drama Dawsons Creek from 1998 to 2003. ... Actor Mickey Rooney speaks at the Pentagon in 2000 during a ceremony honoring the USO. Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule, Jr. ... Justin Theroux (born August 10, 1971) is an American actor and screenwriter. ...

Casting information

Downey's role was originally written for a black actor[citation needed], but was re-cast and re-written for Downey (thus calling for the blackface part of the plotline). Downey acknowledged the potential controversy over the role, but "at the end of the day, it's always about how well you commit to the character," he said. "If I didn't feel it was morally sound, or that it would be easily misinterpreted that I'm just C. Thomas Howell [in Soul Man], I would've stayed home." Owen Wilson was to have Matthew McConaughey's role in the film, but dropped out after his suicide attempt in August 2007.[2] This reproduction of a 1900 minstrel show poster, originally published by the Strobridge Litho Co. ... Christopher Thomas Howell (born December 7, 1966 in Los Angeles, California, USA) is an American actor. ... Soul Man is a comedy movie made in 1986 about a man who undergoes transracial transformation with pills to qualify for an affirmative action placement at Harvard Law School. ... Owen Cunningham Wilson (born November 18, 1968) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor and writer. ... Matthew David McConaughey (pronounced [1]; born November 4, 1969) is an American actor. ...


Tom Cruise cameo controversy

Stiller had intended to keep Cruise's role in the film a surprise, and he is not credited in the film.[3] The film studio has refused to release pictures of Cruise's character as he appears in the movie.[3] Images of Tom Cruise with a bald headpiece and in a fat suit appeared on Inside Edition in November 2007,[4] and also appeared on the Internet.[5] Attorneys for Tom Cruise threatened a lawsuit if photos showing Cruise bald, bearded and wearing a fat suit were published.[6] "Mr Cruise's appearance was supposed to be a surprise for his fans worldwide. [Paparazzi] have ruined what should have been a fun discovery for moviegoers," said representatives for Cruise.[7] Photo agency INF responded with a statement: "While these pictures were taken without breaking any criminal or civil laws, we've decided to pull them from circulation effective immediately."[6] MTV News reported that "..reps are reportedly having the image of a fat, balding Cruise pulled from the Internet as quickly as sites can put it up".[8] In an April 2008 interview with MTV News, Ben Stiller refused to discuss Tom Cruise's role in the film.[9] Inside Edition is a syndicated news program, on the air since January 9, 1989. ... Tom Cruise (born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV on July 3, 1962) is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor and film producer. ... A fatsuit is a bodysuit-like undergarment, sometimes used to thicken a thin actor or actress into into a fat character with prosthetic makeup. ... MTV News is the news division of MTV, the first and most popular music television network in the U.S., as well as some of MTVs related channels around the world. ...


Production

Ben Stiller got the idea for the film while shooting Empire of the Sun,[1] in which he played a small part. Shooting for the film took place on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, where Stiller has a home. The island was chosen based on a tax credit for in-state spending that was negotiated with the Kauai Film Commission.[10] Empire of the Sun is a 1987 film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Christian Bale, John Malkovich, and Miranda Richardson. ... Map of the Hawaiian Islands, a chain of islands that stretches 1,500 mi (2,400 km) in a northwesterly direction from the southern tip of the Island of Hawaii. ... Kauai (Hawaiian IPA pron. ...


Before the film, three fake trailers will be shown, similar to the 2007 film Grindhouse. One of the trailers, entitled "Satan's Alley", features Downey Jr. and Tobey Maguire.[11] Another trailer, entitled "Simple Jack", features Ben Stiller, Justin Theroux, and Mickey Rooney Grindhouse is a 2007 anthology film co-written, produced and directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. ... Tobias Vincent Maguire (born June 27, 1975) is an American actor. ... Justin Theroux (born August 10, 1971) is an American actor and screenwriter. ... Actor Mickey Rooney speaks at the Pentagon in 2000 during a ceremony honoring the USO. Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule, Jr. ...


Promotion

  • Stiller, Downey Jr., and Black all appear together to promote the film.
  • On the seventh season finale of American Idol, the men appeared in a sketch (funded by themselves to charity) as The Pips performing with Gladys Knight, using archival footage of her.
  • The opening sketch features the actors attempting to create a successful viral video to promote the film, with awkward results. Stiller records Downey Jr. harassing and assaulting Black in their Iron Man and Kung Fu Panda masks, respectively. In the end, Black literally explodes with gory results.

For the most recent American Idol season, see American Idol (season 7). ... For the BBC pips, see Greenwich Time Signal. ... Gladys Maria Knight (born May 28, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA) is a seven-time Grammy Award-winning American R&B/soul singer, actress and author. ... The term viral video refers to video clip content which gains widespread popularity through the process of Internet sharing, typically through email or IM messages, blogs and other media sharing websites. ... This article is about the superhero. ... Kung Fu Panda is a 2008 animated film about a bungling panda who aspires to be a kung fu warrior. ...

Reception

A trailer for the film was released in April 2008, and the Calgary Herald gave it a rating of 3/5, commenting: "This could either be good or very, very bad."[12] According to FOX News: "A preview of the film received a tepid response at aintitcoolnews.com — it’s a movie within a movie, always a bad concept as inside jokes go for the general audience."[13] The 9th annual Golden Trailer Awards declared Tropic Thunder's trailer as the best comedy trailer of the year.[14] The Calgary Herald is a daily Calgary, Alberta newspaper. ... Fox News Channels slogan is We Report, You Decide The Fox News Channel is a U.S. cable and satellite news channel. ...


References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Vary, Adam B. "First Look: 'Tropic Thunder'", Entertainment Weekly, 2008-03-05. Retrieved on 2008-05-27. 
  2. ^ "Owen Wilson comedy role is recast", BBC News, 2007-09-20. Retrieved on 2008-05-27. 
  3. ^ a b Cieply, Michael. "Tom Cruise, in Bit Role, Nips Studio’s Top Gun", The New York Times Company, 2008-04-03. Retrieved on 2008-05-27. 
  4. ^ Tom Cruise in a Fat Suit for "Tropic Thunder". WorstPreviews (2007-11-19). Retrieved on 2008-05-27.
  5. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. "Revealed: More Details on Tom Cruise's Cameo in Tropic Thunder", People Magazine, Time Inc., 2008-04-03. Retrieved on 2008-05-27. 
  6. ^ a b Naidu, Rajeshni. "Tom Cruise fat suit photos banned", National Nine News, 2007-11-20. Retrieved on 2008-05-27. 
  7. ^ Etherington, Daniel (2008-04-02). Tropic Thunder Movie Preview (2008) from Channel 4 Film. Channel 4 News. Retrieved on 2008-05-27.
  8. ^ Carroll, Larry (2007-11-20). Tom Cruise 'Tropic Thunder' Photo Spoils Surprise. MTV News. MTV Networks. Retrieved on 2008-05-27.
  9. ^ Carroll, Larry (2008-04-03). 'Tropic Thunder' Multitasker Ben Stiller Can't Discuss Tom Cruise's Cameo, But He Did Reveal Jack Black's Water-Buffalo Baby. MTV News. MTV Networks. Retrieved on 2008-05-27.
  10. ^ Longwell, Todd. "Hawaii is enticing major filming productions", www.hollywoodreporter.com, 2008-05-16. Retrieved on 2008-05-27. 
  11. ^ Sciretta, Peter. "Tropic Thunder to Feature Fake Movie Trailers", www.slashfilm.com, 2008-04-13. Retrieved on 2008-05-27. 
  12. ^ "Trailer Treasures & Trash: A Sneak Peek at the hottest trailers", Calgary Herald, www.canada.com, 2005-04-25. Retrieved on 2008-05-27. 
  13. ^ Friedman, Roger (2008-03-31). Tom Cruise's Impossible 'Mission'. FOX News. FOX News Network, LLC. Retrieved on 2008-05-27.
  14. ^ Kroll, Justin. "Golden Trailer Awards honor previews", www.variety.com, 2008-05-09. Retrieved on 2008-05-27. 

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