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Plot, Details & Awards

Tropic Thunder

Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references, violent content and drug material.

R In Theaters 08/13/2008 , 106min.
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Plot & Details

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.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Robert Downey, Jr. Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Robert Downey, Jr. Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Tom Cruise Nominated
2008 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Robert Downey, Jr. Nominated

American Cinema Editors Guild

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 American Cinema Editors Guild Best Edited Feature - Comedy or Musical Greg Hayden Nominated

Austin Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Austin Film Critics Best Breakthrough Artist Danny McBride Won

Boston Society of Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Boston Society of Film Critics Best Ensemble Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Robert Downey, Jr. Nominated

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Robert Downey, Jr. Nominated
2008 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Comedy Movie Won

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Robert Downey, Jr. Nominated

Detroit Film Critics Society

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Detroit Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actor Robert Downey, Jr. Nominated
2008 Detroit Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Nominated

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