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The Chance Encounter
The following stories are about my chance meeting with one of my all time heoes. If you have ever seen Full Metal Jacket, you will never forget R. Lee Ermey as the scathing DI that, in his own words to me, "ripped them a new asshole," speaking of the actors portraying Marine Corps recruits bound for Vietnam...

In The Beginning...

At my immediate prompting, the conversation quickly turned and stayed the Full Metal Jacket. The movie, which has attained near cult-status among Marines, was my main interest and Lee was kind enough to tell me all I wanted to know.


The Fear Was Real
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 Even Scared Me

Lee told me a story related to "The Fear Was Real" that has a personal twist to it. I will start with the story.

Who Were Those Privates, Anyway?

I asked him if the extras were real Marines and he smiled and said that it was a mitake he had made from the beginning.


Sleeping with the Smokey
The last scene in the first half of the movie called for a sleeping Gunnery SergeantHartman to be awakened by Private Pyle and Private Joker who were in the head.


What Have You Done To Me?

Before we finished our conversation, I had to relay to him what effect he had had n my early career.


All Good Things Must Come to An End

As our conversation came to an end, I felt the impending doom of having to say god-bye to not only a man that I literally worshipped, but to a good conversation that I will remember for the rest of my life.


Other Real-Life Run-Ins with R. Lee Ermey
R. Lee Visits San Diego


My "R. Lee Ermey Picture Page"


Filmogrophy of R. Lee Ermey



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