INTERVIEW: Ben Stiller on making ‘Tropic Thunder’

At the press day for Tropic Thunder we snagged Ben Stiller with our Kung Fu grip and made him talk Tropic Thunder! Ben Stiller directed Tropic Thunder from a screenplay he co-wrote with Justin Theroux and Etan Cohen. Stiller, Robert Downey, Jr. and Jack Black lead an ensemble cast in this hilarious action comedy about a group of self-absorbed actors who set out to make the biggest war film ever.

After escalating costs and the out of control egos of the cast threaten to shut down the top-heavy Hollywood production, the frustrated director (Steve Coogan) refuses to stop shooting and takes his cast deep into the jungles of Southeast Asia to shoot the film guerilla style for “increased realism.” This is when the unlikely group of self-absorbed prima donnas who came together to film an epic war movie unwittingly wind up in a real battle with the real bad guys.

Stiller plays Tugg Speedman, a pampered action superstar on the wane. His “Scorcher” series of post-apocalyptic action epics have played out, and after a desperate attempt for an Oscar nod backfires, Speedman is counting on “Tropic Thunder” to put him back on top.

(Movies Online)

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