To hear one member of the “Starship Troopers” cast tell it, “Boogie Nights” has nothing on the TriStar film in the prosthetics department — at least off camera.
When asked what it was like to do the co-ed shower scene, the cast member said that when the time came to get wet, Casper Van Dien and Jake Busey were each sporting “3-foot” dildos.
When another cast member suggested they’d all feel more comfortable about the nudity if everybody were naked, director Paul Verhoeven and lenser Jost Vacano quickly complied.
“Troopers” stormed the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica following the picture’s Tuesday-night premiere at Mann’s Village in Westwood.
Soldiers saluted arriving guests at the cavernous space, which was done up as a sort of futuristic mess hall. The food, although served on enameled metal dishes, was not exactly standard military issue: Tritip beef and roast pork topped the list. Desserts included cookies and chocolate beetles.
Speaking of insects, one of the evil bugs put in an appearance midway through the bash, to enthusiastic applause.
The film’s human contingent included director Verhoeven, Van Dien, Busey, and co-stars Dina Meyer, Neil Patrick Harris, Seth Gilliam, Clancy Brown, Michael Ironside, Eric Bruskotter and Blake Lindsley.
Also there were producers Jon Davison and Alan Marshall and screenwriter Ed Neumeier.
Sony execs were out in force as usual, including John Calley, Jeff Sagansky, Bob Levin, Jeff Blake, Lucy Fisher, Yuki Nozoe, Amy Pascal, Chris Lee, Gareth Wigan, Bob Wynne and Ken Lemberger.
Non-Sony execs scouting the scene included Disney’s Michael Eisner and Joe Roth (Disney has foreign rights on the pic) and Warner Bros.’ Chris Pula. Also spotted were Andy Vajna and Mario Kassar, John Singleton and “Star Wars” trooper Mark Hamill.