Tropic Thunder is Galaxy Quest crossed with Platoon: the cast of a Vietnam War movie gets dropped into the authentic Vietnam jungle and has to fake their way through a Missing In Action-style "rescue-the-POW" adventure.
Why does this movie remind me of Galaxy Quest?
|Tropic Thunder||Galaxy Quest|
|Over-the-hill blowhard who gets them all in trouble?||Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller)||Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen)|
|Captain Kirk reference?||Speedman watches classic Star Trek on his iPod for inspiration||Allen's entire character is an homage to William Shatner|
|Classically Trained Actor slumming in genre piece?||Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr)||Alexander Dane (Alan Rickman)|
|Classically Trained Actor wears prosthetics?||Lazarus has his skin surgically darkened||Dane wears latex gill-head to play "Dr. Lazarus"|
|African-American 'Straight Man'?||Alpa Chino (Brandon T Jackson)||Tommy Webber (Daryl Mitchell)|