“Kirk’s heart is in the right place. The way it’s portrayed is self-deprecating. He has literally gotten so into the role that he cannot get out of it, even when there’s no indication they’re making a movie anymore. Certain of us actors have gone that method route at times, but only up to a point. There’s professionalism and dedication; and then there’s total narcissism,” laughs Robert Downey Jr. when talking about his character Kirk Lazarus.
Robert Downey Jr. is Kirk Lazarus who consoles Ben Stiller as Tugg Speedman in Tropic Thunder.
The big Fantastic Fest screening of Tropic Thunder is tonight and I can’t wait to see it as well as go through the Paintball Hallway of Death! Guests will have to go through a hallway obstacle course while duking it out with paintball weaponry.
Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller, left) and Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr., right) are shooting an epic war movie and wind up in a real battle in the action comedy “Tropic Thunder.” DreamWorks Pictures Presents A Red Hour Production A Ben Stiller Film “Tropic Thunder” starring Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Steve Coogan, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Brandon T. Jackson, Bill Hader and Nick Nolte. The film is directed by Ben Stiller from a screenplay by Justin Theroux & Ben Stiller and Etan Cohen. The story is by Ben Stiller & Justin Theroux. The film is produced by Stuart Cornfeld, Ben Stiller and Eric McLeod. The executive producer is Justin Theroux. The music is by Theodore Shapiro. The music supervisor is George Drakoulias. This film has been rated R for pervasive language including sexual references, violent content and drug material.
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Official still that was used in the original US release of the film.
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