Top 10 Facts About Full Metal Jacket

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1 To create a realistic effect during Vietnam battle scenes, DP Douglas Milsome experimented with a camera with a shutter thrown off sync. This effect was reused in another war movie, Saving Private Ryan (1998).
2 In the first part of the movie, in the sequences inside the barracks during the drill, a special lens was designed to keep every single Recruit in focus. Stanley Kubrick intended that no one was special and they all had the same treatment.
3 One scene cut from the movie showed a group of Marines playing soccer. The scene was cut because a shot revealed they were kicking a human head, not a soccer ball.

what! - BloDayBey

4 This was Stanley Kubrick's first film edited by computer rather than linearly spliced film.
5 Denzel Washington was considered for the role of Eightball and has said that it is a role that he regrets missing out on.
6 Private Joker's shirt on Parris Island reveals that his real name is J.T. Davis. It's a deliberate reference to Spec. James T. Davis, the first officially recognized U.S. casualty in Vietnam, who was killed in 1961.
7 Vincent D'Onofrio gained 70 pounds for his role as Pvt. Pyle, breaking Robert De Niro's movie weight-gain record (60 pounds) for Raging Bull (1980). It took him seven months to put the weight on and nine months to take it off with physical training.
8 R. Lee Ermey hardly blinks at all in any scene
9 The inscription "I Am Become Death" is written on Animal Mother's helmet. This is a quotation from the Bhagavad-Gita, spoken by J. Robert Oppenheimer after the explosion of the first atomic bomb at Alamogordo.
10 Robert Lee Ermey (Drill Sergeant) was a real drill sergeant and was in many other movies with the same role, a drill sergeant. He was even included as a Call Of Duty: Ghosts DLC, he was a drill sergeant announcer for multiplayer.

He was a USMC (US Marine Corps) drill instructor, not sure a Gunny Sergeant like in the film, or not.

True, and very cool - EliHbk

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11 During filming, a family of rabbits were accidentally killed. Stanley Kubrick, an animal lover, was so upset that he canceled the rest of the day's work.
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