Ben Stiller, Jack Black & Robert Downey Jr. Bring Tropic Thunder to Camp Pendleton

Ben Stiller, Jack Black & Robert Downey Jr. Bring Tropic Thunder to Camp Pendleton
Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr. at Camp Pendleton
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updated 08/06/2008 at 01:05 PM EDT

originally published 08/06/2008 01:20PM

It was an attack Camp Pendleton didn't see coming: Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr. brought a full-scale laugh assault to the Marines there as they presented a special screening of their military-themed action-comedy, Tropic Thunder.

"We were really excited to show this movie to the military personnel who do so much for our country," Ben Stiller said in a statement. "I think they really got a kick out of seeing a bunch of spoiled actors complaining about how hard it is to do a war movie. But seriously, it was really hard. We almost did a boot camp, but then decided on a cast dinner instead."

Like a film premiere, there was a red carpet at the base's MCC Base Theater – only it was (fittingly) combat green-colored. And once the film's stars were inside the theater, they spent time meeting the troops, posing for pictures and then introduced the film.

Tropic Thunder blasts into theaters Aug. 13.

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