/ RIP R Lee Ermey
Former military man famed for playing the unforgettable Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket, leading to a fairly healthy second career acting in lesser-but-still-OK B-movies.
Bless him. He sure scared the shit out of me in that film. R.I.P.
'Is that you John Wayne? Is this me?'
Sir, RIP, Sir.
> Sir, RIP, Sir.
it was a shame that it was one lousy PULL-UP that he was goading Pt. Pyle into doing.
If it had been a PUSH-UP I could have done something clever and funny regarding pushing up the daisies....
A truly awesome performance, all the more impressive when you consider he did most of it with a broken arm.
So many memorable quotes, I have borrowed from him several times, shouting down at a few seconds while climbing " Private Pyle, you climb my route like old people f**k"
I was impressed that they managed to find a swearing-free clip to play on the radio this morning.
A sad loss for the NRA, of which he was a board member.
Loads of the bollockings he handed out in FMJ were improv based on his experience as a real live USMC Staff Sergeant. He maintained that he had to explain to Kubrick what a 'reach around' was. Modine was excellent, but Ermey stole the film.
> A truly awesome performance, all the more impressive when you consider he did most of it with a broken arm.
I liked him .
even a few weeks ago ,I watched one of his YouTube clips from the range.
his pro -America ,anti Brit shoot offs were good fun ,and for once he actually admitted that the Bren gun was a good bit of kit.
Bren Gun 1 :BAR 0
Sherriff Hoyt was a great character.
and I remember a similar role in the brilliant 'Mississippi Burning';
perfectly cast as a Klan-esque bigwig (I think)
> his pro -America ,anti Brit shoot offs were good fun ,and for once he actually admitted that the Bren gun was a good bit of kit.
> Bren Gun 1 :BAR 0
Off on a slight tangent but I'm sure Gunney wouldn't mind. I remember talking to a friends Grandfather who was a member of Linge Kompanie, the Norwegian Commandos who trained at Glenmore lodge. He said the Bren was too good. When pressed he said it was so accurate and stable to fire that it put 15 bullets into 1 German, when putting 15 bullets into 15 Germans would have been preferable....
Thats correct in that it was too accurate for a Machine Gun when you are looking to achieve what is known as a "beaten zone".
> Thats correct in that it was too accurate for a Machine Gun when you are looking to achieve what is known as a "beaten zone".
For which the GPMG could not be bettered.
Interestingly (to me anyway) I went to see FMJ the night before I had to attend my own basic training. Although not quite in the same vein as the FMJ scenes there were certainly moments worthy of comparison.
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