Saturday, April 9, 2016

Favorite Characters, Favorite Lines: H is for Hartman


Welcome to the A-to-Z Challenge, peeps!  Don't forget to visit the list and you'll find some new pals. ... #AtoZChallenge  

My themes is Favorite Characters, Favorite Lines and I'm keeping it short and sweet with my daily offerings. I'm tipping my hat to those characters and lines that are memorable and getting a chuckle from all the great (and sometimes disapproving) comments. That just makes more fun for me. You don't have to like them, you just read about them and their memorable lines.

Today, H is for Hartman...Gunnery Sargent Hartman, played by R. Lee Ermey in the movie Full Metal Jacket. The guy embodied every stereo-type associated with sadistic basic training for the military. He pushed the soldiers beyond what some of them were capable of and earned a reputation of being generally hated amongst the guys. If you know the film, all that pushing could only end badly...and it did.

But this is about characters, not philosophy. I ask you: could anyone have pulled this off as well as R. Lee Ermey? He owned this character...and made him hard to quote, lol.


"I am Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, your senior drill instructor. From now on you will speak only when spoken to, and the first and last words out of your filthy sewers will be "Sir". Do you maggots understand that? "

"Today... is Christmas! There will be a magic show at zero-nine-thirty! Chaplain Charlie will tell you 
about how the free world will conquer Communism with the aid of God and a few Marines! "


"If you ladies leave my island, if you survive recruit training, you will be a weapon. You will be a minister
 of death praying for war. But until that day....you are the lowest form of life on Earth."



[Pvt. Joker is doing pull-ups. Hartman counts them off
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman
One for the Commandant! One for the Corps! Come on Joker, pull! Pull! 
[Pvt. Joker can't complete another pull-up
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: I guess the Corps don't get theirs! 


36 comments:

  1. I haven't seen this one. I've seen Platoon and Apocalypse Now, and I always think of the three together. Though I probably shouldn't.

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    1. War was a theme for a while there...many great movies on the topic. Put this one in there, too.

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  2. Another character I don't know cuz I hazn't seen. I'll bet we've BOTH seen 'The Wizard Of Oz' though, Doc.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. I can sing the part of Glinda the Good Witch: Come out, come out, wherever you are, and meet the young lady who feel from a star.

      I am the young lady who fell from a star because Kansas is the name of the star.

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    2. That didn't sound quite right. What key are you in?

      ~ D-FensDogG

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    3. Stephen T. McCarthy, that comment will loom large in your legend...I will make it so. "What key are you in?" BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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  3. Yep, that one does end badly for his character. I had some friends who recently toured Paris Island and was surprised to learn the DIs no longer cursed.

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    1. Actually, that surprised me, too - but in a good way. You have no idea how hard it was to find a decent video for just that reason, ha ha.

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    1. Ermey owned that character, totally! He WAS Hartman.

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  5. He was great in the role. First half of the film was so powerful.

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    1. After D'onofrio flipped out, it went downhill.

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  6. Brilliant quotes. I love the one about no inequality, you're all equally worthless :)
    Debbie

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    1. Yeah, that really evens the score for all, ha ha.

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  7. I've never seen the movie, but I adore the quotes! So funny! Thanks for making me laugh. :)

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  8. Brilliant, but very sad movie. I read that the drill sergeant was a consultant on the film. He helped audition actors for the part of the drill sergeant. Finally, he said he could do it better himself. He auditioned by calling out insults for about fifteen minutes and never repeated himself. He got the job.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Vincent D'onofrio's character who flipped out at the end really bothered me; poor guy. But Hartman kind of cracked me up (minus the language!).

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  9. He played a gunnery sergeant so well because he had been a gunnery sergeant in real life, or so I've heard.

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    1. I'd heard the same thing! He was a pretty interesting guy but my gut always said "he knows this role TOO well."

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  10. I know some movies will be hard on my heart. For that reason, I never saw this one.

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    1. That's wisdom; know thyself.

      For me, I have no problem separating actors from the movie...eventually. :-)

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  11. Yup, guys like him made me a trained killer. In just two months no less.

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  12. Never saw this film. Yikes what a character. I'd just roll my eyes at his ridiculous antics and keep my mouth shut. Let him yell at someone other than me. LOL

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    1. Amen to that, Jeff! I don't know how guys put up with boot camp if it's truly like that. Kudos to them.

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  13. The man OWNED that role. "Full Metal Jacket" was a great movie during boot camp and just a good movie afterward.

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    1. LOL...no one ever defined "Drill Sargent" like he did!

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  14. What a character, what a character! "You're all equally worthless." Great.

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  15. I'm pretty sure this movie, and Hartman, defined military life for a generation.

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  16. This was such a great role and a powerful film by Kubrick

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Love, Cherdo