With disability groups picketing around you, attempting to make it to one of the most highly anticipated movie's of the year could turn out to be quite an event. Ben Stiller's Tropic Thunder premieres today, with a cast that rivals any Hollywood movie to date.

Ben Stiller is said to have gotten the idea for the film while shooting Empire of the Sun. He wanted to make a film based on the actors he knew who considered themselves "self-important" after taking part in fake boot camps to prepare for war film roles. The film also satirizes other Vietnam war films including Platoon, Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket, Hamburger Hill and The Deer Hunter. As a tie-in for the film's release, Paramount announced that it would be marketing an energy drink known as "Booty Sweat," which is shown throughout the film.

Cast: Ben Stiller as Tugg Speedman: The highest-paid, highest-grossing action star ever. Likes to be pampered, and who took a disastrous turn in an attempt to be a serious actor. Jack Black as Jeff "Fats" Portnoy: A comedian-turned-drug addict well known for playing multiple parts in films. Robert Downey Jr. as Kirk Lazarus: An Australian multiple Academy Award-winning method actor who portrays an African American character Sgt. Osiris. Nick Nolte as Four Leaf Tayback: The book's writer, who hatches the idea to drop the actors in the middle of the jungle. Surprisingly, Tom Cruise & Matthew McConaughey also appear in the film.

Cameos:

Mickey Rooney
Kathy Hilton
Tobey Maguire
Maria Menounos
Christine Taylor
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Justin Theroux
Alicia Silverstone
Jon Voight
Jason Bateman
Tyra Banks
Lance Bass

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