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Full Metal Jacket

#1 Post by AJMD429 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:47 pm

https://youtu.be/XRkyKYz5SYM

I didn't realize that R. Lee Ermey was not originally intended to be cast in any parts, and was merely an adviser hired for the production.
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#2 Post by Bill in Oregon » Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:56 pm

That was a disturbing film -- or so I found it.
Ermey had quite a career in film.

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#3 Post by wecsoger » Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:22 pm

Gunnery Sgt. Ermey (I feel he more than deserves full title and respect) made a good impression with Kubrick, and from there, rest is history.

And yes, FMJ is disturbing, as it should be. Actually most of Kubrick's films are disturbing when you get into and really watch them.

We lost a good one when Ermey left us.

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#4 Post by Pisgah » Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:47 pm

wecsoger wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:22 pm
Gunnery Sgt. Ermey (I feel he more than deserves full title and respect)...
I enjoyed watching Lee Ermey, and appreciate and respect his service, as I do for all those who serve honorably in the military. But if you want to give him the respect of his earned rank it should be Staff Sergeant. His promotion to Gunnery Sergeant was honorary, given in 2002, 30 years after his medical discharge from the Corps. His active duty was in ground support for Marine Wing Support Group 17, his only experience as a DI in the movies.

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#5 Post by FWiedner » Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:22 pm

Pisgah wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:47 pm
wecsoger wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:22 pm
Gunnery Sgt. Ermey (I feel he more than deserves full title and respect)...
I enjoyed watching Lee Ermey, and appreciate and respect his service, as I do for all those who serve honorably in the military. But if you want to give him the respect of his earned rank it should be Staff Sergeant. His promotion to Gunnery Sergeant was honorary, given in 2002, 30 years after his medical discharge from the Corps. His active duty was in ground support for Marine Wing Support Group 17, his only experience as a DI in the movies.
"In 1961, at age 17, Ermey enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and went through recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in San Diego, California. He served in the aviation support field for a few years before becoming a drill instructor in India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, where he was assigned from 1965 to 1967.

Ermey then served in Marine Wing Support Group 17 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa, Japan. In 1968, he was ordered to South Vietnam with MWSG-17, and spent 14 months in country. The remainder of his service was on Okinawa, where he was advanced to staff sergeant (E-6). He was medically discharged in 1972 because of several injuries. On May 17, 2002, he received an honorary promotion to gunnery sergeant (E-7) by the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James L. Jones."


I would have suggested that perhaps it was a Meritorious promotion (from the CMC!), but since Ermey was "medically discharged" and not medically retired, there is a doubt about whether the promotion was "real" or would have affected any subsequent benefits that he might have received.

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#6 Post by piller » Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:22 pm

He was a credit to the Marine Corps, and he probably deserved the honorary promotion. RIP Gunny.
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#7 Post by BlaineG » Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:11 am

The Corps does not recognize any Marine as an ex-Marine...those that separated honerably, anyway.
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#8 Post by marlinman93 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:39 pm

Vincent D'onofrio who committed suicide in the movie went on to have a great career in movies and television. I like him as an actor and always enjoy the parts he's played. Even the part as alien/farmer/wife abuser, in Men in Black.
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