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Sun Apr 15, 2018, 10:12 PM

R. Lee Ermey, famous for his tough-guy role in 'Full Metal Jacket,' dies at 74

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2018/04




R. Lee Ermey, the character actor famous for his bristling, Golden Globe-nominated role as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's 1987 film Full Metal Jacket, has died at age 74.

Ronald Lee Ermey was himself a Marine for 11 years (who retired in 1971), a staff sergeant who served in Vietnam and Okinawa, Japan, and was later awarded the honorary rank of gunnery sergeant.

The actor was known for playing military and law-enforcement figures, including the voice of Sarge, the leader of the little green army men in the Toy Story movies; Sheriff Hoyt in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake franchise; and a police captain in Se7en (1995


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Reply R. Lee Ermey, famous for his tough-guy role in 'Full Metal Jacket,' dies at 74 (Original post)
packman Apr 2018 OP
Snackshack Apr 2018 #1
elmac Apr 2018 #2
Glorfindel Apr 2018 #5
Kaleva Apr 2018 #12
RhodeIslandOne Apr 2018 #18
Kaleva Apr 2018 #19
Glorfindel Apr 2018 #25
Eliot Rosewater Apr 2018 #26
OnlinePoker Apr 2018 #29
Eliot Rosewater Apr 2018 #30
OnlinePoker Apr 2018 #31
sandensea Apr 2018 #14
Name removed Apr 2018 #23
ansible Apr 2018 #13
Solly Mack Apr 2018 #3
jpak Apr 2018 #4
SergeStorms Apr 2018 #11
maxrandb Apr 2018 #16
PatrickforO Apr 2018 #6
Drunken Irishman Apr 2018 #7
kimbutgar Apr 2018 #21
Post removed Apr 2018 #24
Va Lefty Apr 2018 #27
ChicagoRonin Apr 2018 #8
Tobin S. Apr 2018 #17
cemaphonic Apr 2018 #22
Va Lefty Apr 2018 #28
JohnnyRingo Apr 2018 #9
Marcuse Apr 2018 #10
yallerdawg Apr 2018 #15
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Response to packman (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 10:20 PM

1. Sad to this.

R.I.P. Sir.

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Response to packman (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 10:23 PM

2. another rightwing nut job bites the dust

I seen him come unglued at a Toys for Tots event, hating on President Obama and dems in general, he was one hateful prick.

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Response to elmac (Reply #2)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 10:37 PM

5. You're quite right. Death doesn't erase a life of evil.

On December 10, 2010, Ermey denounced the Obama administration's economic policies while speaking at a Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots rally, stating that it was difficult to raise money for the charity because "the economy sucks". He went on to say:

We should all rise up, and we should stop this administration from what they're doing because they're destroying this country. They're driving us into bankruptcy so that they can impose socialism on us, and that's exactly what they're doing, and I'm sick and damn tired of it and I know you are too.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._Lee_Ermey

May he find rest and peace in the grave.

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Response to Glorfindel (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 02:21 AM

12. A life of evil!?

Wow!!

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #12)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 10:14 AM

18. You have to admit trashing a President at a Toys for Tots event...

.....about an economy he was turning around from old R Lee’s white buddies is pretty fucking awful

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Response to RhodeIslandOne (Reply #18)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 10:20 AM

19. I'd say that was stupid on his part but doesn't mean he lived a life of evil.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #19)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 12:53 PM

25. Maybe I was a trifle harsh. But he WAS a Marine Corps drill sergeant.

My experience with Army drill sergeants did not fill me with happy memories, and they weren't allowed to strike us. On the other hand, the Marines were all volunteers, so there's that. Maybe I should have said "mischief" instead of evil. But I'll never again have anything to do with Toys for Tots.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #19)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 12:57 PM

26. Stupid? Nah, outright RACIST and the OPPOSITE of what this country stands for, the

country he allegedly loved so much he served.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #26)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 02:02 PM

29. Do you have proof that he was racist?

I've never seen anything that suggests racism (he voted for Obama over McCain). His stances on gun rights and the direction the government should be heading were definitely right wing, but to call him racist is a stretch.

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Response to OnlinePoker (Reply #29)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 02:10 PM

30. Yes, simple, opposition like this, from above post

We should all rise up, and we should stop this administration from what they're doing because they're destroying this country. They're driving us into bankruptcy so that they can impose socialism on us, and that's exactly what they're doing, and I'm sick and damn tired of it and I know you are too.


is based solely in racism

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #30)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 04:44 PM

31. Being against socialism does not equate to racism

You're confusing that with social justice.

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Response to Glorfindel (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 02:49 AM

14. Misguided is probably more like it.

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Response to elmac (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 02:35 AM

13. Weird thing is he also voted for Obama

He got a lot of flak from that from conservatives too. Apparently he considered himself an "independent".

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Response to packman (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 10:34 PM

3. When he "entertained" the troops in Iraq he never failed to attack Hillary Clinton.

Democrats in general but her in particular.

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Response to packman (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 10:36 PM

4. What was his major malfunction?

RIP

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Response to jpak (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 01:42 AM

11. Right-wing asshole.

No one knows for sure if it's nature or nurture. Right-wing assholes just pop up like herpes sores, or so I'm told. They're just about as welcome as herpes sores as well.

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Response to jpak (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 08:41 AM

16. I think

Mommy and Daddy didn't show him enough attention when he was a child

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Response to packman (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 10:47 PM

6. Rest in peace, Lee.

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Response to packman (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 11:21 PM

7. I'd like to say he was a good actor but it seems he was just playing himself in all those roles.

Still, sad for his family.

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #21)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 12:59 PM

27. He was married and had 4 kids.

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Response to packman (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 11:45 PM

8. Always wondered what he really thought about Full Metal Jacket

Given that Ermey leaned right politically and was a dedicated Marine. I always wondered what he thought about the film that brought him to fame (Full Metal Jacket). Both director Stanley Kubrick and the film are strongly anti-military. Ermey's convincing and riveting performance hammers home how scary, absurd and disturbing the process of turning boys into government killing machines really is.

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Response to ChicagoRonin (Reply #8)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 09:03 AM

17. That is one of my favorite movies and I liked him in that role.

Given his political views, he might have just seen it as a good opportunity. It really launched his career.

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Response to Tobin S. (Reply #17)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 12:31 PM

22. The story I've always liked about his role on FMJ

He was initially hired as a consultant to help create the drill sergeant character, but he wanted to act. Kubrick & his casting director weren't in favor of casting someone with no acting experience, so Ermey filmed an audition tape of himself hurling insults and profanity while being constantly pelted with tennis balls. That won them over, and the rest is history.

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Response to cemaphonic (Reply #22)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 01:01 PM

28. Read somewhere that there were only 2 actors Kubrick let adlib

Peter Sellers and Ermey

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Response to packman (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 11:59 PM

9. That's too bad

Never cared much for him myself.

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Response to packman (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 12:03 AM

10. Private Pyle smiles.

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Response to packman (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 08:29 AM

15. What a character.

That DI in 'Full Metal Jacket' was very familiar in a visceral sort of way. He nailed it.

Rest in peace, Mr. Ermey.

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Response to packman (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 10:23 AM

20. Whole bunch of right-wingers in mourning over this.

But credit due for his riveting performance in "Full Metal Jacket." Interesting to think of Ermey and Kubrick working together....

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