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  • If Four-Leaf faked the whole thing, how were two other books on the incident produced? Wouldn't the real survivors call him on it?
    • Not if they were a band of fakes. Or if he also made up that whole opening.
    • An in-universe documentary short seems to confirm this.
    • Then, that means that the real Lincoln Osiris had faked his book as well. Kirk was playing a dude who was a fake dude.
    • Actually, it seemed like Four-Leaf wasn't faking the story, but faking being Four-Leaf. I seem to remember him mentioning something about being a huge fan of the real Four-Leaf.
    • Also, how do made up people complain? Unless you were directly involved with the events how would you know if they were real or not? If they aren't made up the veterans aren't very likely to still be around and kicking. My own father was only 60 years old when he died due to complications from agent orange exposure from when he was in Vietnam, for example.
    • The script suggests that Four-Leaf had done it as a tribute to the actual Tropic thunder team, who had all died. (That script had him as a janitor in the Pentagon.)

  • How could Speedman win an Oscar for his performance ? Isn't "Tropic Blunder" a documentary ?
    • It's stated that he could still win it for used footage of the original Tropic Thunder... something like that on IMDB.
    • Also, it's entirely possible that Grossman used his position to "influence" the Academy.

    Never Returned 
  • In Rain of Madness, the Mockumentary, it showed that the Tropic Thunder gang had never returned from Vietnam and yet we know for a fact that they did. I am confused.
    • Euhm Nick Nolte was lying and hiding in Canada for the duration of the Vietnam war. He then lied about his whereabouts and wrote a book about it. Some director read the book and tried to make a movie about it. What is confusing?

    Movie Deal 
  • According to opening monologue, ten men were sent to rescue Four Leaf, four return, three wrote books, two got them published and one got a movie deal. But the movie they are making is based on Four Leaf's book. How is that supposed to work, since he definitely wasn't sent to rescue himself, and the opening monologue clearly says that of the ten men sent on that mission, four returned, and three of THOSE four wrote books...(I know it hardly matters, considering Four Leaf is a fake, but it's still a headscratcher)
    • I'm not sure what's confusing there. Ten people went to rescue one man, that totaled eleven. Four of the eleven came back, one of those was Four Leaf. Three of the four wrote books, one of those was Four Leaf. One of the three got a movie deal, that was Four Leaf.
    • The problem is Four Leaf (or at the least the guy claiming to be him) was never in Vietnam and lied about his hands being blown up. The man was a janitor and he wrote Tropic Blunder.
    • The three people who wrote books were not necessarily part of the four men who returned. It just says that ten men were sent to rescue Four Leaf, four return, three wrote books and so on. Could be three completely different people.

    Scorcher Franchise 
  • I know that it isn't a real franchise, but how the heck do you manage to make the whole "the Earth's rotation comes to a halt, so the entire planet becomes dangerously hot" thing work for five movies without it being repetitive?
    • Fair question; maybe the filmmakers for those movies came up with new reasons for the Earth's rotation stopping? Maybe the subplots in each of the sequels stood out from each other?
    • Well, there are certain franchises — like Saw, for sake of argument — that have the same basic core plot, but have produced 5+ films. Take Saw: the premise largely is, someone builds traps in a building to "punish" a group of people for some character flaw(s), and if they survive the hope is they change for the better/appreciate life more. 2021 is looking at the release of a NINTH film in the series.


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