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Who Is Jan Jürgen, and Why Does All of Hollywood Fear Him?

Beaks here... Germans have always brought the planet a bunch of grief, but, by and large, they've been good for Hollywood. F.W. Murnau, Ernst Lubitsch, Wim Wenders, Roland Emmerich, Jörg Buttgereit... giants all! So what's with this Jan Jürgen fella, and why's he making trouble when there's hundreds of millions of dollars being poured into the most important Vietnam film since PLATOON LEADER? You can check out the red band trailer for Jürgen's explosive documentary RAIN OF MADNESS here, and you can see the movie he's blitzkrieging, currently titled TROPIC THUNDER, on August 15th.

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  • July 9, 2008, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Yeah right.

    by YouAreAllMyBastardChildren

    C'mon c'mon c'mon.

  • July 9, 2008, 12:13 a.m. CST


    by TrumpyEatsPotatoes

    Got me!

  • July 9, 2008, 12:13 a.m. CST

    platoon leader sux...and i got news for you

    by prunkhaft

    so will tropic thunder.

  • July 9, 2008, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Holy shit, thats brilliant!!

    by Lyghthouse

    Doing a Heart of Darkness mockumentary for Tropical Thunder is completely fucking genius.

  • July 9, 2008, 12:24 a.m. CST

    gotta admit...

    by blckmgk13

    ...I am loving the effort they put into this film more and more.

  • July 9, 2008, 12:30 a.m. CST

    I'm Sure I'd Love It...


    ...if the fucking page loaded.

  • July 9, 2008, 12:32 a.m. CST


    by andrew coleman

    Very cool. I was seeing this movie in theaters already but this put the stamp on it.

  • July 9, 2008, 1 a.m. CST

    It's not a Vietnam movie, genius

    by CoursinLarry

    It's a movie ABOUT a Vietnam movie. If anything, they've just revived the supposedly dead horse.

  • July 9, 2008, 1:19 a.m. CST

    that's justin theroux, yeah?

    by BadMrWonka

    that guy's brilliant, and he does this right after the john adams thing? that's inspired...<p>great actor, he really needs to get big.

  • July 9, 2008, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Die Deutschen wieder!

    by FDFLocke

    Nicht nur die Deutschen haben unserer schönen Erde Leid zugefügt. Immer dieses rumhacken auf die germans ;)

  • July 9, 2008, 2:22 a.m. CST

    Bad_wolf is a prime candidate for a Darwin award...

    by blckmgk13

    ...given his capacity for realizing humour.

  • July 9, 2008, 2:25 a.m. CST

    It's funny to me

    by kungfuhustler84

    I think like half the people didn't follow the links or wathc the hilarious trailer, they just went straight to the hate on the talkbacks. So is the actual documentary going to be an extra on the DVD, or is it really going to be somehow released in theatres (maybe on the website?) , or is it just another advertisement for the movie? A lot of questions i know, but this looks promising.

  • July 9, 2008, 2:30 a.m. CST

    yeah and Bad Wolf...

    by kungfuhustler84

    pull that enormous swastika shuriken out of your ass and laugh dude! Germans wear socks with their sandals and have festivals like every two weeks for no reason so they can get shit faced and dance on tables. That shit's hilarious! I know because I lived there. Germans would have thought it was funny, believe me. So chill.

  • July 9, 2008, 2:43 a.m. CST

    Who is thebearovingian...

    by thebearovingian

    and why does no one fear him?

  • July 9, 2008, 2:48 a.m. CST

    List of German filmmakers without Leni Riefenstahl?

    by Anakin Whoopass

    No denying Triumph of the Will's influence on cinema.

  • July 9, 2008, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Jörg Buttgereit ???

    by Dreamseller

    Are you fuckin kidding? Do you guys in the US realy think that the man is a giant??? Hes a fuckin hack who does cheap looking splatter-movies that suck big time and shows his face on every stupid talkshow he can find.

  • July 9, 2008, 3:17 a.m. CST

    speaking about germans...

    by chipps

    I think one may have been overlooked. A giant among directors and boxers alike. you know who i'm talking about

  • July 9, 2008, 3:33 a.m. CST

    Subtlety is an art...

    by blckmgk13

    ...lost on the masses. "E" for effort though. Some of us are laughing.

  • July 9, 2008, 4:38 a.m. CST

    Bad Wolf...

    by nascentia

    Germany gave us Uwe Boll which, as far as I'm concerned, is about six times worse than the Holocaust and both World Wars, so get the sauerkraut out of your vagina and goose-step your way back to Berlin, frauline! (Humor: it's a good thing)

  • July 9, 2008, 4:41 a.m. CST

    lol is that Justin Theroux as 'jan jurgen'?

    by smackfu

    Seriously guys. Even if your sense of humor is completely stunted and you're not 'getting' the joke, the font for 'Rain of Madness' couldn't have been a bigger tipoff.

  • July 9, 2008, 5:01 a.m. CST

    I'm just of the phone with Jan...

    by Holgi65

    and je confirmed to me that he is actualy Danish. The country which gave us Dreyer and that von Trier guy, he is also a big Dane. Jan was born in Süderlügum which is near the german border, but still...

  • July 9, 2008, 7:48 a.m. CST

    I hope this movie doesn't disappoint...

    by scudd

    ...because right now my expectations for it are really high. I can't remember laughing at trailers and promo material for a movie this much.

  • July 9, 2008, 9:36 a.m. CST

    I'll say it again - asspump Leni Riefenstahl

    by JackRabbitSlim

    To paraphrase Samuel L. "I hope she bitch burns in hell". For Yaweh's sake, she most likely had sex with Adolf. For that alone, nevermind the "Gee - i didn't notice all the extras were taken from concentration camps", she will be excoriated every time the skeezy bitch is mentioned.

  • July 9, 2008, 10:07 a.m. CST

    God Damn You!

    by Darth Sticky

  • July 9, 2008, 10:11 a.m. CST

    So this is like "Hearts of Darkness"

    by Laserhead

    for Tropic Thunder? That's brilliant.

  • July 9, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST

    all this meta-textuality confuses me

    by Cedar_Room

    not the idea of the documentary - which looks brilliant and surely already makes the dvd for tropic thunder worth buying now? - but whether people's reactions are fake reactions to the fake doc OR whether some people are just thick as pigshit and humour is completely lost on them. This looks brilliant, Tropic Thunder looks brilliant, Steve Coogan to rule the world!!

  • July 9, 2008, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Tropic Thunder looks awesome

    by Captain RawBeard

    After its Cinema release I will eagerly awaiting for the DVD release of this film. I have a feeling its going to be packed full of juicy goodness.

  • July 9, 2008, 10:47 a.m. CST

    "Germans have always brought the planet a bunch of grief"

    by HoboCode


  • July 9, 2008, 10:50 a.m. CST

    That was well done

    by jamestewart007

    Just like those trees. "I just beat Nature today" awesome.

  • July 9, 2008, 12:52 p.m. CST

    The awards are the best part

    by ebolamonkey

    I want an Honorable Mention from the Everyone's a Winner Film Festival.

  • July 9, 2008, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Wolfgang Peterson

    by joet88

    Good movies but Herzog Fassbinder and Wenders are of a different breed

  • July 9, 2008, 2:26 p.m. CST


    by joet88

    I guess he didn't mention Herzog or Fassbinder. But Murnau and Lubitsch are also of a different breed

  • July 9, 2008, 3:13 p.m. CST

    love it or hate it

    by toxicbuddha

    if u didn't at least chuckle at the "Honorable Mention" from the "Everybody's A Winner Film Festival", then you have no soul.

  • Infinity loop.

  • July 10, 2008, 12:26 a.m. CST

    "Germans have always brought the planet a bunch of grief" ???

    by Motoko Kusanagi