What is your major malfunction, numbnuts?
YouTube channel JoBlo Movie Theatres got Matthew Modine (Pvt. J.T. “Joker” Davis), Vincent D’Onofrio (Pvt. Leonard “Gomer Pyle” Lawrence) and Leon Vitali (assistant to director Stanley Kubrick) for an interview. Full Metal Jacket hit the theatres on June 26, 1987. The movie was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, but didn’t win either or. Instead, the movie won smaller accolades but would later become a critical favorite. In JoBlo’s interview, the three mainly discuss working with Stanley Kubrick. D’Onofrio talked a little about the infamous bathroom scene. Besides that aforementioned scene, the three didn’t talk much of R.Lee Emery’s role in the movie.
R.Lee Emery had served in the United States Marine Corps from 1961 to 1972. He would serve three years as a Drill Instructor and would later go to Vietnam in 1968. Emery would later be discharged in 1972 due to non-war injuries he sustained during his time with the Marines. He would later go to acting, he had a small role in 1979’s Apocalypse Now, as well as being a Technical Advisor. With Full Metal Jacket, Kubrick intended to have Emery as a Technical Advisor, but after watching a tape of Emery playing a Drill Instructor, Kubrick gave Emery the role as Gunnery Sargent Hartman.
Full Metal Jacket was produced in England. The Bassingbourn Barracks were the barracks being used in for the movie. British Army recruits based in Bassingbourn were used as extras. Bassingbourn had been closed by the British Ministry of Defense in 2014. However, there is some talk about a re-opening.
More on Bassingbourn Barracks: http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2017/07/06/this-is-my-rifle-full-metal-jacket-at-30