Small Details from 'Tropic Thunder' That Fans Noticed

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Vote up the coolest details from the classic war movie parody.

Tropic Thunder is a comedy from 2008 that has left its mark as one of the most celebrated cult comedies of the 21st century. Directed by and starring Ben Stiller, Tropic Thunder critiques Hollywood while still being outrageously hilarious.

Fans of the beloved comedy have gone to Reddit to reveal Tropic Thunder movie details that many movie buffs overlooked throughout the years.


  • 1
    172 VOTES

    Method Acting Always

    From Redditor u/davemann91:

    In Tropic Thunder, Robert Downey Jr.'s character states, "I don't drop character till I done a DVD commentary." During the commentary for the movie, he remains in character.

  • 2
    110 VOTES

    Strongman Strength

    From Redditor u/altacan:

    In Tropic Thunder, the reason Les Grossman calls for the key grip to punch Director C**kburn 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.

  • 3
    114 VOTES

    Art Imitating Life

    From Redditor u/Tokyono:

    In Tropic Thunder, in the fake trailer for Satan’s Alley, Tobey Maguire is credited as winner of the "MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss.” He’d actually won that very award for his upside-down kiss with Kirsten Dunst in Spider-Man (2002).

  • 4
    112 VOTES

    Is It A Farce Or Not?

    From Redditor u/-Count_Chocula-:

    The menu screen for Tropic Thunder makes it look like it’s an actual war movie.

  • 5
    79 VOTES

    The Kirk Lazarus Pigmentation Operation

    From Redditor u/ivanelsucio:

    In Tropic Thunder, the flask shown at the Kirk Lazarus 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.

  • 6
    97 VOTES

    Perfectly Timed Jet Sounds

    From Redditor u/denverblows:

    When the director Damien tells Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr. to "keep going" in the opening movie scene, he tells the actors there are incoming jets in two minutes. The jets are heard exactly two minutes later.