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R. Lee Ermey dead at age 74. RIP "Gunny"
Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:20pm
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The Drill Instructor he played in the Movie "Full Metal Jacket" was the most accurate I've seen to date for a movie. Nothing could ever duplicate Marine Corps boot camp in it's full splendor as the rigors last for about 3 months. There wasn't much that happened in the movie that didn't either happen in my platoon, series, or battalion. Naturally we had nobody shot or killed. I think the fact that he had served as a Marine Corps drill instructor and technical advisor on the movie is why it was so authentic. You just have to imagine the type of boot camp stuff that happened in the movie going on at a continuous pace for about 3 months. As I recall, the characters in the movie got to talk to each other a lot more than we actually did.

BTW, Marine Corps boot camp has changed since that era. It's still the most rigorous, but they've cleaned it up quite a bit I've been told. When I was in boot camp they still physically assaulted tuned us up when necessary and called us everything but a child of god. I learned derogatory names that I'd never heard in my whole 18 years of life when I went to boot camp. Being a military brat, I thought I was already well-informed in that area too.


'Full Metal Jacket' actor R. Lee Ermey dies at age 74

R. Lee Ermey, pictured in 2014, appeared in films as varied as 'Mississippi Burning' and 'Toy Story.' (Charles Sykes/ AP Images for IAVA and Victory Motorcycles)

R. Lee Ermey, a former Marine Corps drill instructor known to millions of moviegoers as the sadistic Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," died Sunday morning, according to his longtime manager. He was 74.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Bill Rogin said Ermey had died due to complications from pneumonia.

"He will be greatly missed by all of us," Rogin wrote. "Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed."

A Kansas native, Ermey enlisted in the Marine Corps and age 17 and spent 14 months in Vietnam before he was discharged in 1972. He served as a technical adviser in Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 Vietnam War epic, "Apocalypse Now," in which he also had a small role as a helicopter pilot.

But Ermey didn't get his big break until eight years later, in Kubrick's own take on Vietnam. He was originally supposed to be a technical adviser, but Kubrick offered him the role of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman after seeing a demo tape of Ermey railing at extras.

In his role as a drill instructor breaking in new Marines at boot camp on Parris Island, S.C., Ermey roared his way into film history by berating his unfortunate charges.

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"Here you are all equally worthless," Ermey/Hartman says by way of introduction. "And my orders are to weed out all non-hackers who do not pack the gear to serve in my beloved Corps. Do you maggots understand that?"

The main target of Ermey's wrath is the unfortunate, overweight Private Pyle, played by Vincent D'Onofrio.

"Were you born a fat, slimy, scumbag puke piece of s---," Private Pyle, or did you have to work on it?" the gunnery sergeant asks in one scene.

But having turned Private Pyle into a killing machine, Hartman is helpless when his own creation turns on him, gunning him down the night after boot camp graduation after Hartman asks: "What is your major malfunction, numbnuts?"

"Full Metal Jacket" earned Ermey a Golden Globe nomination, as well as a career playing authority figures -- from Mayor Tilman in 1988's "Mississippi Burning" to a toy soldier sergeant in the more family-friendly "Toy Story."

An outspoken conservative, Ermey spoke to Fox News in 2016 about being "blackballed" from Hollywood over his political views.

"I've had a very fruitful career. I've done over 70 feature films," he said. "I've done over 200 episodes of [Outdoor Channel series 'GunnyTime']... and then [Hollywood] found out that I'm a conservative."

Actually, he corrected, "I'm an Independent, but I said something bad about the president. I had something unsavory to say about the president's administration, and even though I did vote for him the first time around, I was blackballed."

Ermey, who was an NRA board member, said at the time that his association with the organization and his disapproval of President Obama cost him acting jobs.

"Do you realize I have not done a movie in five to six years? Why? Because I was totally blackballed by the ... liberals in Hollywood," he alleged. "They can destroy you. They're hateful people [who] don't just not like you, they want to take away your livelihood ... that's why I live up in the desert on a dirt road ... I don't have to put up with their crap."

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/04/15/full-metal-jacket-actor-r-lee-ermey-dies-at-age-74.html

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