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Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr. and Jack Black choppered into the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base in California on Sunday evening for a special USO screening of "Tropic Thunder," USA Today reported Tuesday.

The comedy about selfish, pampered actors who go overseas to make a war movie and accidentally provoke real jungle warlords opens Aug. 13 in the United States, the paper noted.

AAFES anticipates "Tropic Thunder" will be included its overseas first-run program in early October, according to spokesman Judd Anstey.

Stiller, who also directed and co-wrote the film, wanted to screen his work for the troops early because it mocks actors "who get everything wrong" about combat, USA Today wrote.

With Black and Downey by his side, Stiller told the servicemembers and their families in the 1,300-seat theater that he was inspired by actors from war movies who brag about the intensity of their movie-rehearsal boot camp, USA Today reported.

"It seemed ironic to me, because I thought the fake boot camp was nothing like a real boot camp," Stiller said, drawing cheers before adding with mock arrogance: "It’s about 10 times harder, you guys … From experience, I can tell you firsthand."

Stiller went on to explain: "The idea for this movie is, what happens when a bunch of actors get stuck out in the jungle in a real-world situation? Because us actors, most of us are, what, wussies?"

"Speak for yourself, Ben," Downey quipped.

According to USA Today, the actors stood in the wings, watching the audience watch their movie, laughing when they laughed.

"Every movie audience should be like this," Stiller told the paper. "It would be the best thing ever."


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