The passing of R. Lee Ermey was the first thing I heard getting out of bed this morning.
As bad as I wanted to get on my blog and post right away, life got right in the way and off to work I went. Yes, I have a full-time job which is why I can’t blog half as much as I’d like. But one does what one can. Everyone at my job was shaken by the news. One of my co-workers said, “Oh, I thought he was already dead”. I replied, “That man was only 74 years young and was a piece of metal. Shut your mouth”.
Of course, we all remember R. Lee Ermey as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman from the classic 1987 film Full Metal Jacket. If you don’t have this film in your DVD/Blu Ray collection, you need to change that right here, right now. He nailed numerous other similar roles afterward, being typecast as the epitome of the American Military that he admittedly was. Mr. Ermey even went on to host a few TV programs having to do with military history and even weaponry.
It vexes the hell out of me to learn how many people still didn’t know that R. Lee Ermey served in the US Marine Corp as an honorary gunnery sergeant in real life. Just Wow. But as Laurence Fishburne’s character Bumpy Johnson said in the 1997 Crime-Drama Hoodlum “If you don’t know, you know don’t.”
I want to express my deepest condolences to Mr. Ermey’s family for their loss. This hurts many of us film fans who’ve been lucky enough to see his work in film and television.
If you want to know who this man was, read about him. Watch some of his movies. If you wanna see what a real man and soldier looks and sounds like, you’re welcome.