R Lee Ermey, The Hard Ass Drill Sergeant In "Full Metal Jacket, Dead At 74

Submitted by: daegog 2 days ago in Entertainment News & Politics


R. Lee Ermey, who played Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Full Metal Jacket, died Sunday morning, according to his manager. He was 74. Ermey also appeared in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Se7en, and voiced the character Sarge in Toy Story.

Ermey was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, and Vietnam in the late 1960s where he served in the Marines as a staff sergeant and drill instructor. He was a technical adviser to Francis Ford Coppola and had a small role in Apocalypse Now. He was also supposed to serve as an adviser to Stanley Kubrick in the making of Full Metal Jacket, but was then cast in the movie itself. Ermey was allowed to improvise, write, and edit his own dialogue for the film, and only took "two or three takes to finish a scene." He was nominated for a supporting actor Golden Globe for the role.

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Male 9,342
The loss of a treasure.

While filming the opening scene of Full Metal Jacket, where he disciplines Pvt. Cowboy, he says Cowboy is the type of guy who would have sex with another guy "and not even have the goddamned common courtesy to give him a reach-around". Stanley Kubrick immediately yelled cut and went over to Ermey and asked, "What the hell is a reach-around?" Ermey politely explained what it meant. Kubrick laughed and re-shot the scene, telling Ermey to keep the line. 
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Male 92
To my knowledge, he was the only marine to receive an honorary promotion post retirement to the rank of gunnery sergeant. Ran into him once years back, was a great guy.
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Male 118
He was one of exactly TWO actors that Stanley Kubrick ever allowed to improvise their lines.  The other was Peter Sellers. 
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Female 5,247
'Till Valhalla, Devildog!
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Female 5,247
melcervini also: "I wonder if he was a better actor or soldier? What would he say?"     You DONT call a Marine a "Soldier"! >< >< >< ><  *twitch*
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Male 5,357
melcervini In the UK, We always called them the running fuckers.  They were always running around.  I was going in to work, they were running, I was getting off work, they were STILL running.

I got the notion that they must look forward to combat just to get a break from all that damned running.
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Female 5,247
daegog Truth
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Male 4,982
Best gay coach ever.
Had to watch it again last night when I heard the news.
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Male 1,142
Here's a great blooper reel from his Mail Call show:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=246&v=rnP17YCFs8I
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Male 6,994
Damn. Too soon. I'll miss him.
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