Stanley Kubrick is a versatile and incredible filmmaker – from 2001: A Space Odyssey to Eyes Wide Shut, his repertoire has stunned and amazed those who watch them. Recently, I re-watched Full Metal Jacket (1987) and was blown away by the beauty, skill, and plot.
If you’ve watched this epic tale of Marines in the Vietnam War, read on for the greatest stories from the making of it. If you haven’t watched it, stop what you’re doing and see what all the fuss is about! Oh, don’t miss the video!
Did you know that R. Lee Ermey, who played the hardcore, abusive Gunnery Sgt. Hartman, almost didn’t get the role? Stanley Kubrick felt that he didn’t have what it took to play the sergeant (despite Ermey having served in the Marine corps), and rejected him. Ermey then barked an order at Kubrick – to stand up when spoken to – and Kubrick instinctively snapped to attention and obeyed. Needless to say, Ermey got the role!