Top 15 Tropic Thunder Movie Facts

Following is our collection of Tropic Thunder facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of Tropic Thunder film message.

Robert Downey Jr.'s character states "I don't drop character 'til I've done the DVD commentary." In the cast commentary for the film, RDJ remains in character.

The reason Les Grossman calls for the key grip to punch Director Cockburn is because the key grip's job is to set up heavy lights and boom equipment, meaning he's usually one of the strongest guys in the crew.

Tropic Thunder Trivia

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  1. They mention that Kirk Lazurus is a 5 time Acadamy Award winner. The reason this number is chosen is that no actor has ever won 5 Oscars. Kathrine Hepburn currently has the lead with 4.

  2. Ben Stiller's character Tugg Speedman can be seen watching the original Star Trek television series on an iPod. Ben Stiller is a "self-professed Trekkie".

Tropic Thunder Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • 1 - Danny McBride's character won an Oscar for Special Effects
    Danny McBride's character won an Oscar for Special Effects
  • 1 - The flask shown at the Kirk Lazaus pigmentation operation, is a chinese analgesic called Zheng Gu Shui, when it's used and not dried properly it can leave a brown colored stain, with the same intensity as the post-op skin of Lazarus
    The flask shown at the Kirk Lazaus pigmentation operation, is a chinese analgesic called Zheng Gu Shui, when it's used and not dried properly it can leave a brown colored stain, with the same intensity as the post-op skin of Lazarus

Tropic Thunder Hidden Details

1 - When Alpa and Kevin crawl into Flaming Dragon's camp their guns are fitted with muzzle covers
When Alpa and Kevin crawl into Flaming Dragon's camp their guns are fitted with muzzle covers
1 - The chemical used in the pigmentation surgery to transform Kirk Lazarus into Lincoln Osiris is just a $13 bottle of Chinese pain reliever.
The chemical used in the pigmentation surgery to transform Kirk Lazarus into Lincoln Osiris is just a $13 bottle of Chinese pain reliever.

When this man is disemboweled, his guts are sausages, steak, bacon and what may be scrambled eggs.

Robert Downey Jr says he doesn't drop character until after the DVD commentary. RDJ remains in character for the DVD commentary.

Robert Downey Jr. breaks character and rolls with it, making for one of the best and funniest scenes in the movie

Danny McBride's character Cody, referred to as "The Pyromaniac," has scar tissue around his right ear reminiscent of burns.

Alpa Chino shares the name of his male crush. In the Awards scene, he is shown together with him.

Alpa Chino plays the 'Straight Man' opposite to Kirk Lazarus despite being a gay character

Tropic Thunder poster
Tropic Thunder poster

Tropic Thunder Plot

Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of Tropic Thunder. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Action, Comedy, War
Director Ben Stiller
Stars Jeff Kahn, Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Ruivivar, Jack Black
IMDB score 7.0