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First, take a big step back... and literally F-CK YOUR OWN FACE! Now, I don't know what kind of pan-Pacific bullsh-t power play you're trying to pull here, but Asia, Jack, is my territory. So whatever you're thinking, you'd better think again. Otherwise, I'm gonna have to head down there and I will rain down an ungodly f-cking firestorm upon you! You're gonna have to call the f-cking United Nations and get a f-cking binding resolution to keep me from f-cking destroying you. I am talking scorched earth, motherf-cker! I will massacre you! I WILL F-CK YOU UP!
~ Grossman threatening Flaming Dragon.

Les Grossman is the overarching antagonist of the 2008 dark comedy film, Tropic Thunder.

He is the vituperative and foul-mouthed executive of the studio who is producing the titular film.

He was portrayed by Tom Cruise, who also portrayed Lestat in Interview with the Vampire and Vincent in Collateral.

Role

Grossman first appears in the beginning after a failed shoot of an emotional scene in the war drama. He facetimes with the rookie director Damien Cockburn, and orders a local to punch him in the face. Absolutely furious, he demands that the movie is made soon, otherwise he will shut the company down. Cockburn is incredibly intimidated, and he becomes so desperate to save the film that he takes the supposed war hero "Four Leaf"'s advice and puts the actors in an actual live jungle to get a more authentic feel for the movie.

Unbeknownst to Cockburn, however, the area has a very real threat - a group of heroin dealers known as the Flaming Dragons. Cockburn is killed by a landmine, and eventually the former world-famous action star, Speedman, is kidnapped by the terrorist group. Speedman's agent, Rick 'Pecker' Peck, is desperate to save him, so he confronts Grossman.

While Grossman initially appears to negotiate with the Flaming Dragons on the phone, he instead insults them and hangs up. Peck is shocked, and Grossman explains he's lost faith in the movie and is willing to let Speedman die so he can file an insurance claim and make more money than the movie would lose. He attempts to convince Peck to join his scheme with the promise of massive wealth and a G5 plane, but Peck ultimately travels to the heroin factory to rescue the group.

The movie ends up becoming a success (even though Four Leaf turns out to be a sham, which causes the movie to be renamed to Tropic Blunder), and Grossman dances a weird victory dance that serves as the credits scene.

Trivia

  • Allegedly, Tom Cruise "came up" with the character.
  • Ben Stiller and the crew wanted to keep Cruise’s appearance a surprise, but the paparazzi revealed Cruise on set of the movie.
  • Grossman's large hands are fake. Cruise also wore a fat suit and a bald cap.
  • Since 2010, there have been plans for a spin-off film featuring Les Grossman, which will attempt to document where his anger issues came from.

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