What Is Your Major Malfunction,
R. Lee Ermey.
Photo taken without permission from his official web site.
By mail, (Hasford)
conducted a heated side feud with Kubrick over Lee Ermey, the film's drill
instructor, whom Hasford labeled "a fucking pogue lifer" and a propagandist
for the official Marine Corps pro-war line on Vietnam.
Killing of Gus Hasford", LA Weekly, June 1993
I was watching a football
game one Sunday and the phone rang; it was Mr. Kubrick. He asked
me if I had read Gustav Hasford's The ShortTimers, and I told him
it was full of inaccuracies and a piece of shit as far as the boot-camp
sequence goes, but interesting as hell and off the wall.
Jacket recollections, Premiere magazine, August 1999
I say, "What is your major
malfunction, numbnuts? I am not going to argue with you. I'd
draw you a picture, but I don't have time. Some people are like cheap
television sets. Some people need to be thumped on the side of the
head until they get the picture. Put the papers on your desk, immediately
fucking now, or I am going to tie your tie into a knot with your neck still
in it. I'll pop your eyes out all over this room. I will break
your hands in this desk drawer until your hands are claws. And then
I'll pull out the desk drawer and I'll use it to pound the teeth out of
your face. Are we communicating?"
Sergeant Sunshine says,
choking, "Hey, champ, what's your problem?"
Letting go of Sergeant
Sunshine's tie, I say, "I don't have a problem. It's just that my
religion forbids me to take shit from anybody."
--from A Gypsy
sucking chest wound.
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