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03.12.08 79 Comments

Via /Film, the studio has released a couple new stills and a synopsis from Tropic Thunder, Ben Stiller’s directorial follow up to Zoolander

“When a group of actors shooting a war movie includes Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.), an over-the-top Australian-born method actor who has gone to extremes to get into character, novice thesp Sandusky (Jay Baruchel), gross-out comedy star Jeff Portnoy (Jack Black), Four Leaf Tayback (Nick Nolte), the real-life inspiration for the film, pampered action superstar Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller) and rap star Alpa Chino (Brandon T. Jackson). DreamWorks Pictures Presents A Red Hour Production A Ben Stiller Film “Tropic Thunder” starring Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Brandon T. Jackson, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Steve Coogan, Bill Hader and Nick Nolte.  The film is directed by Ben Stiller from a screenplay by Ben Stiller & Justin Theroux and Etan Cohen based on a story by Ben Stiller & Justin Theroux. ” 

Just to clarify, Etan Cohen is not a typo of Ethan Coen, the quiet Coen brother.  Etan Cohen is a Harvard grad who wrote Idiocracy and a 2007 movie called My Wife is Retarded.  But just because they got his name right doesn’t mean their synopsis wasn’t horribly written.  It took me ten minutes to figure out what the hell they were trying to say.  It reads like it was Babelfish translated from Chinese, or a Courtney Love blog.    

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