R.I.P. R. Lee Ermey

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by sloaches, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. fr in sc

    fr in sc Forum Resident

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    I think Kubrick was afraid to tell him "hey, stick to the script!" Gunny would've tore him a new one!
     
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  2. Yeah, my father, a Vietnam vet told me that The Boys in Company C's portrayal of boot camp was a lot more realistic from his point of view than any other film. Although my father was Army, he thought that FMJ was over the top in general.

    I think Kubrick took Lee's cues from the 1978 film and wanted him to turn it up a few notches.

    Rumor has it that Lee lost out to Dale Dye early in the game, as military consultant for some notable films. I think Lee carried that with him.
     
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  3. eflatminor

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    I believe his wife recently passed. Not uncommon for the spouse to follow.

    I used to see him regularly at a shooting range east of Los Angeles. Always an affable fellow.
     
  4. Platterpus

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    RIP, He was a hoot in Fletch Lives.
     
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  5. daca

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    You apparently don’t work where I work. In closed door meetings especially where performance or people are doing poorly. (But I get your point.)

    Nevertheless, this was a great performance by a truly gifted artisan who excelled at his craft.
     
  6. dlokazip

    dlokazip Forum Transient

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    Rest easy, Sgt. Emery.
     
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  7. SOONERFAN

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    Semper fidelis and thanks to Lee Ermey for his service to The United States.
     
  8. daca

    daca Forum Resident

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    Marines take offense to this statement.

    While I was not in the Marine Corps myself, I have several close family members who were.

    In the words of Gunnery Sgt. Hartman:

    Marines die, that's what we're here for. But the Marine Corps lives forever. And that means YOU live forever.“
     
  9. The stuff portrayed by R. Lee in Full Metal Jacket is a bit over the top...but not by much...not much at all.
     
  10. Ghostworld

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    The best part of you may have run down, but you'll live on in the cinema. RIP, Lee.
     
  11. He did play an Army drill in The Boys from Company C.
     
  12. Erik B.

    Erik B. Tighter than Mike Gordon’s jeans

    Best opening scene ever. I have literally watched it 100 times and it gets funnier each time
     
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  13. Beer Milk Shake

    Beer Milk Shake Well-Known Member

    He was..is..larger than life.
     
  14. mike's beard

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    His role in FMJ has got to be in the top 5 acting performances in cinema history.
     
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  15. Rocker

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    Be careful how you talk to Mr. Ermey, or he'll tear you up like Kleenex at a snot party!
     
  16. Rosskolnikov

    Rosskolnikov Designated Cloud Yeller

    Been too long since seeing FMJ to remember which branch they were in.
     
  17. Dude111

    Dude111 An Awesome Dude

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    Quite sad ind33d :(
     
  18. fr in sc

    fr in sc Forum Resident

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    I'd completely forgotten he was one of the chopper pilots in "Apocalypse Now;" thanks to the guys at militarycorruption.com for reminding me!

    (The eyebrows are a dead giveaway)
     
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  19. Jason Pumphrey

    Jason Pumphrey Forum Resident

    Was the best thing in Full Metal Jacket for sure, RIP.
     
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  20. Rocker

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    He played a lot of minor roles that you've probably seen but totally forgot about. I was quite surprised while reading his IMDb page.... plenty of instances of "I know I've seen that movie but I don't remember him being in it!" ;)
     

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