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The most interesting story Lee told was that he kept the savage drill instructor persona going throughout the shoot, never getting close to the actors. He told Kubrick that the only way this was going to work, the only way they would look like they were scared, was if he was "Gunnery Sergeant Hartman" 24 hours a day. So they would set up a scene and Lee would be waiting off stage. They would yell "Action" and he would come in raving and raging like a pitbull. When they yelled "Cut," he would leave the set immediately.

He did not eat with the other actors nor talk to them between scenes. Whenever they saw him, he was the asshole you see on screen and he never broke the illusion. Lee sad they hated him and that he sees some of them around Hollywood and they still will not speak with him. The fear you see on screen was real.

Chance Encounter
In The Beginning...
The Fear Was Real
He Even Scared Me
Who Were Those Privates, Anyway?
Sleeping with the Smokey
What Have You Done To Me?
All Good Things Must Come to An End


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