Watch a Fascinating Documentary About Stanley Kubrick's 'Full Metal Jacket'

Watch a Fascinating Documentary About Stanley Kubrick's 'Full Metal Jacket'

Oct 27, 2014

Full Metal Jacket R Lee Ermey

Stanley Kubrick left behind an amazing body of work when he passed away back in 1999, from A Clockwork Orange to The Shining to 2001. Kubrick’s films are all interesting, but the stories behind their creation are often every bit as fascinating as what happens on the screen. Proof of just how fascinating it was to work with Kubrick can be found in this 30-minute documentary of interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from the filmmaker's Vietnam War classic Full Metal Jacket.

Featuring interviews with the cast and crew of the movie, this in-depth celebration of what is arguably the greatest film made about our excursion into the jungles of Southeast Asia sheds light on how the film was created, and what it was like to work with the notoriously demanding filmmaker.

The mini documentary spends a lot of time recounting how the film’s blistering opening act – set at boot camp on Parris Island – was created. The cast and crew reveal how R. Lee Ermey basically stole the job of Gunnery Sgt. Hartman – and how that casting had an amazing effect on the film’s first act (Ermey was so great as the character that they basically just filmed him ad-libbing as he deviled the cast of wannabe Marines). Meanwhile, Vincent D’Onofrio weighs in on how gaining nearly 80 pounds to play Private Pyle for Kubrick essentially launched his career.

The rest of the documentary focuses on how Kubrick re-created Vietnam in London (which was almost as difficult as it sounds), what it was like to work with Kubrick both on set and on days off, and more.

If you’re like me, and never tire of hearing Stanley Kubrick stories, this is the best 30 minutes you’re likely to have this week. Check out the full doc below.

[via Filmmaker IQ]

 

 

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