Fact: R. Lee Ermey, who plays Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in the movie “Full Metal Jacket”, actually was a real life drill instructor in the Vietnam War. The role landed him a Golden Globe.
Ermey was brought on as a consultant, but wanted to play the role. To prove he had the balls for the job, for 15 minutes he rattled off insults to which oranges and tennis balls were repeatedly thrown at him. Ultimately, he got the job and history was made.
In addition, “Full Metal Jacket” took so long to release. This was due to Ermey getting into a car crash, which broke half of his body. He was out for 4 and a half months. Since the movie, Ermey has lived off his drill instructor roles. He has played in over 60 films most of which he played his specialty roles.
In 2002, he was honorarily post service promotion to E-7 Gunnery Sergeant by the Commandant of the Marine Corps General James L. Jones for his continual service to the marines (playing the role in Full Metal Jacket). He has also hosted out favorite television show on the History Channel called, “Mail Call.”
Famous quotes by R. Lee Ermey (Full Metal Jacket) – Watch Movie:
1) The disciplining of 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”.
2) Private Joker: “Is that you, John Wayne? Is this me?”
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: Who said that? Who the fuck said that?! Who’s the slimy little Communist shit twinkle-toed cocksucker down here who just signed his own death warrant?! Nobody, huh? The fairy fucking godmother said it! Out-fucking-standing! I will P.T. you all until you fucking die! I’ll P.T. you until your assholes are sucking buttermilk. [grabs Cowboy by the scruff of his neck] Was it you, you scroungy little fuck, huh?!
3) You little scumbag! I got your name! I got your ass! You will not laugh! You will not cry! You will learn by the numbers! I will teach you! Now get up! Get on your feet! You had best unfuck yourself or I will unscrew your head and shit down your neck!
4) Towards Private Gomer Pyle. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: Bullshit. I bet you could suck a golf ball through a garden hose.
5) Private Pyle I’m gonna give you three seconds; exactly three-fucking-seconds to wipe that stupid looking grin off your face or I will gouge out your eyeballs and skull-fuck you! ONE! TWO! THREE!