Gunnery SGT Hartman aka R. Lee Ermey

Choook

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Actor and voice actor Ronald Lee Ermey passed away 15 Apr 2018 (March 24, 1944 – April 15, 2018) aged 74
Perhaps best remember as SGT Hartman the drill sergeant from Full Metal Jacket. One of my favourite movies.
Before acting he actually was a drill sergeant in the Marine Corps which is probably why his role was so believable.

RIP Gunney
 

Neddysmith

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From what i understand of Full Metal Jacket and Gunny was that he was given the task of teaching and mentoring the actor to be SGT Hartman, but the actor just couldnt get it, so they asked Lee Ermey if he wanted to give it a go, he basically didnt have a script and just went for it AND THAT was Full Metal Jacket.
 

Choook

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From what i understand of Full Metal Jacket and Gunny was that he was given the task of teaching and mentoring the actor to be SGT Hartman, but the actor just couldnt get it, so they asked Lee Ermey if he wanted to give it a go, he basically didnt have a script and just went for it AND THAT was Full Metal Jacket.

This from Wikipedia

"For the next few years, Ermey played a series of minor film roles until 1987, when he was cast as drill instructor Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket.[8] Initially, he was intended to be only the technical advisor.[8] Kubrick changed his mind after Ermey put together an instructional tape, in which he went on an extended tirade towards several extras, convincing Kubrick he was the right man for the role.[8] Seeking authenticity for the film, Kubrick allowed Ermey to write or edit his own dialogue and improvise on the set, a notable rarity in a Kubrick film.[9] Kubrick later indicated that Ermey was an excellent performer, often needing just two or three takes per scene, also unusual for a Kubrick film.[10] Ermey's performance won critical raves and he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award as Best Supporting Actor."
 

Spooner

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He also had a show called Locked n Loaded , which was great , used to pull out all sorts of old guns and blow the shite out of things and explain how they worked in real time speak . He could Talk the Talk & Walk the Walk thats for sure .
RIP
 
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