The Cast

"If Gary Cooper and Henry Fonda had a baby, it would be Matthew Modine."
--Stanley Kubrick

Matthew Modine as Joker

Birthplace:  Loma Linda, California 
Passions:  the New York Knicks, painting 
Quote:  "Vietnam was something that I grew up with.  I just watched the war on television: listening to the body count, listening to the score.  It was like a baseball game."

Matthew Modine was raised in Utah, the youngest of seven children in a tight-knit Mormon family.  He eventually moved to San Diego, where he paid the rent by digging ditches, grinding valves, and working on cars. His first major acting break came when he was cast as Rosanna Arquette's college boyfriend in the John Sayles film, Baby, It's You.  He subsequently starred opposite Phoebe Cates in Private School, then as Billy, the boy who is stabbed to death, in Robert Altman's Streamers.  Modine is also well known for one of the films that he turned down, the mega hit Top Gun, which he felt unfairly perpetuated a fear of Russia.  A veteran of over 40 films, Modine's other motion picture appearances include Vision Quest, Married to the Mob, Memphis Belle , Short Cuts and Any Given Sunday.  He made his feature film directorial debut with If...Dog...Rabbit, which premiered in 1999.  "We called ourselves 'swinging dicks,'" says Modine of filming FMJ's boot camp sequences, "because if you squint your eyes and look at us--everybody with their shaved heads standing at attention--we look like giant erections."

Based on:  Gus Hasford himself
Helmet:  BORN TO KILL on front, target on the back 
Insulted as:  "Goddamn communist heathen" and "slimy little communist shit twinkletoed cocksucker."
Threatened with:  The tearing of a new asshole
Fate:  Lives at least long enough to be "short"
Best line:  "I wanted to meet interesting and stimulating people of an ancient culture...and kill them."

Like his literary alter ego, Gus Hasford once drew the ire of a Marine colonel for wearing a peace button on his body armor. "But the guy in the film is a much nicer guy than I am," he liked to add.  According to legend, Hasford and Modine actually met in person, on the one day that Hasford managed to sneak onto the set.  Hasford supposedly greated the actor by saying, "Hey, you're me!"  As detailed in Hasford's novels, Private Joker's real name is James Davis, and he hails from Alabama.  James Davis also happens to be the name of the first American soldier killed in Vietnam.  In an early draft of the FMJ screenplay, Joker was killed at the end, and the film closed with a very melodramatic funeral.  In the writings of Hasford, Joker's adventures continue in The Phantom Blooper, a sequel to The Short-Timers , where we see his last days at Khe Sanh, his time as a prisoner in a Viet Cong village and his eventual return home.  Gus also planned to write a third Vietnam novel that would've had Joker working as a reporter for the L.A. Times. 

"If I did a hundred takes on every scene, I'd never finish a film.
Lee Ermey, for instance, would spend every spare second with the dialogue coach,
and he always knew his lines.  I suppose Lee averaged eight or nine takes.
He sometimes did it in three.  Because he was prepared."
--Stanley Kubrick

R. Lee Ermey as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman

Birthplace:  Emporia, Kansas 
Passions:  Profanity, anything military related
Quote:  "I was also technical advisor of the show.  I advised Stanley that the first half - the boot camp portion of Full Metal Jacket - was laced with fictitious crap, and he and I sat down and re-wrote the first half of the show."

Ronald Lee Ermey spent eleven years in the Marine Corps, which included one-and-a-half tours in Vietnam. He rose to the rank of gunnery sergeant and was medically retired for injuries received while serving with the 1st Marine Division in I Corps, north of Da Nang. Using G.I. Bill benefits, Ermey enrolled at the University of Manila in the Philippines, where he studied drama. Francis Ford Coppola was filming Apocalypse Now in the area and cast Ermey in a small role as a helicopter pilot.  A few weeks later, Ermey was hired to be technical adviser for Boys In Company C, in which he also played a Drill Instructor.  He has since gone on to appear in approximately forty films, including Mississippi Burning, Se7en, Dead Man Walking, and Saving Silverman , as well as doing frequent voice-over work on "The Simpsons" and in the Toy Story films.  His voice has also been sampled by the industrial metal band Ministry and by Vivian Kubrick on "I Wanna Be Your Drill Instructor," a song from the FMJ soundtrack that charted in the UK.  At present, Ermey hosts "Mail Call" on the History Channel.  For his role in FMJ, Ermey was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, which he lost to Sean Connery.  Ermey was originally meant to serve only as technical adviser for the film, while the role of the Drill Instructor was to be played by actor Tim Colceri (see below for more info on him).  However, while putting the film's extras through workouts, Ermey's remarkable repertoire of graphic insults caught the attention of Stanley Kubrick.  Later, Ermey demonstrated his verbal arsenal in a video where he yelled obscenities non-stop for fifteen minutes without repeating himself or even flinching, despite being continuously pelted with tennis balls.  Kubrick had the tape transcribed and inserted much of the dialogue into the script.  Ermey later delayed the film's shooting for three months when he got drunk and wrecked a jeep one night, breaking several ribs.

Based on:  In the novel, he is Sergeant Gerheim, named for Hasford's friend Earl "Crazy Earl" Gerheim, but of course his character is based on the stereotypical DI of the Vietnam War period.  Hasford was also heavily influenced by the novel Maggot by Robert Flanagan, which is set in Marine boot camp. 
Fate:  Shot and killed by his own recruit
Best line:  "I admire your honesty.  Hell, I like you.  You can come over to my house and fuck my sister."

Ermey has built an entire career off playing this one character.  It is by far his most visible and respected role, and one he was seemingly born to play.  He has continued to play variations of the Gunnery Sergeant role, mocking it in different episodes of "The Simpsons," the two Toy Story films and on TV commercials.  He even has a talking Drill Instructor action figure available from his official web site.  As the money he makes from this one character continues to grow, so does the credit he takes for its creation.  Ermey gives little credit to Hasford's novel, calling it at various times "a piece of shit," "filled with inaccuracies," and "laced with fictitious crap," as well as accusing Hasford of lacking experience with the Marine Corps, claiming that he only went through boot camp (apparently serving in Vietnam doesn't count as experience with the Marines in R. Lee's book).  The fact is, Ermey apparently did write much of his dialogue in the film, but only the profanity-laced insults.  Everything else you hear the Drill Instructor utter comes almost verbatim from The Short-Timers.  I don't know if the pair ever actually met, but Hasford never thought much of Ermey, either, calling him "a fucking pogue lifer".  Hasford had hoped that his old friend Dale Dye could serve as technical adviser on FMJ, but Kubrick was fixated on Ermey, and Dye had already taken the same position on Oliver Stone's Platoon.  Kubrick was initially interested in actor Ed Harris for the part of the Drill Instructor, but Harris turned it down, preferring instead to take some time off.  Kubrick also considered Robert De Niro, but assumed that the audience would feel cheated when he was killed only a third of the way into the film.

"The night before we were going to shoot the murder scene in the bathroom, (Kubrick) said,
'Do you know what you're going to do tomorrow?' And I said, 'I think so,' so he walked away,
and then he turned around and said, 'Just remember, it has to be big.
It has to be, like, Lon Chaney big.'"
--Vincent D'Onofrio

Vincent D'Onofrio as Gomer Pyle (Leonard Lawrence)

Birthplace:  Brooklyn, New York 
Passions:  Playing offbeat, mentally disturbed characters
Quote:  "His (Kubrick's) best piece of advice was that being real is one thing, but being interesting is better." 

Vincent D'Onofrio was performing in numerous off-off-Broadway theatres when former acting colleague Matthew Modine advised him to send an audition tape to Stanley Kubrick.  After being asked to gain 60 pounds and do four more videotaped auditions, D'Onofrio landed the role of Private Pyle and went on to deliver the film's most powerful performance.  However, because he was so instantly identified with the role, he soon found it hard to attract anything different.  "The stuff I was being offered or allowed to audition for was just those kinds of characters: big, fat things," says D'Onofrio.  "So I waited a long time--I waited until I got all the weight off before I started to apply myself to getting another job. Then I did Mystic Pizza, just to do something I wasn't fat in."  After that, he went on to work with Oliver Stone on JFK, Robert Altman on The Player, and Spike Lee on Malcolm X.  He played Orson Welles in Ed Wood, pulp writer Robert E. Howard in The Whole Wide World, a giant alien insect in Men In Black, and 60s activist Abbie Hoffman in Steal This Movie.

Insulted as:  "Fat slimy scumbag puke piece of shit," "slimy fucking walrus-looking piece of shit," and
"a disgusting fatbody," to name just a few.
Threatened with:  Ripping off of the balls, gouging of the eyes and fucking of the skull.
Fate:  Shot himself in the head
Best line:  "I a world...of SHIT."

 In The Short-Timers, Private Pyle is a skinny, ignorant redneck, instead of the overweight version we see in the film.  Private Pyle's rifle, Charlene, was named after Gus Hasford's ex-wife, Charlene Broch.  One of the scenes from Shorty that Lee Ermey strongly objected to involved the Drill Instructor nearly drowning Pyle in a toilet that other recruits had just been forced to urinate into.  Ermey insisted that something like that would never happen.  "The recruits would have never had respect for a drill instructor that would do something like that," said Ermey.  "According to Gustav, the only reason drill instructors existed was to harass, punish and torture recruits."  In reality, a recruit like Pyle would have been transferred to a special "motivational platoon." 

"I only want people working on this one that no one else will hire, or, if they hired them, would never dream of hiring them again."
--Stanley Kubrick

Arliss Howard as Cowboy

Birthplace:  Independence, Missouri
Passions: Remaining aloof and notoriously difficult to work with
Quote:  "Presumably what we're looking for in this world are people who know what they want, and Stanley Kubrick surely does.  And when he doesn't, he waits until he sees what he wants."

Arliss Howard was discovered by ACB Circle Films in Kansas City, Missouri, where he was pouring concrete by day and working in community theatre at night.  Cynthia Levin, artistic director at KC's Unicorn Theatre, remembers, "If you needed a brooding young man, Arliss was your guy."  Theatrically trained, Howard had done "most of Moliere, about a third of Shakespeare, and too much Tennessee Williams."  Brought to California to complete a role in the controvserial miniseries, "The Day After," Howard auditioned for and won a leading role in the film The Prodigal.  Since then, he's worked with Oliver Stone on Natural Born Killers, with friend Robert Duvall on The Man Who Captured Eichmann, and with Steven Spielberg on both The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Amistad.  Most recently, he wrote, directed and starred in the vastly underappreciated indie film Big Bad Love, which also featured his wife, Debra Winger.

Helmet:  Short-timers caldenar on the front, rebel flag on the side, 
Insulted as:  "A peter-puffer" and "the kind of guy who would fuck a person in the ass and not even have the goddam common courtesy to give him a reach-around."
Fate:  Shot and killed by a sniper
Best line:  "Be glad to trade you some ARVN rifles.  Never been fired and only dropped once."

According to Howard himself, he was originally set to play multiple roles in FMJ (for more on that, check out the info on Tim Colceri below).  Howard readily admits that he's been a difficult actor to work with over the years, something that was pointed out to him by both Kubrick and Steven Spielberg.  The scene in FMJ where Howard and Modine are mopping the floor of the bathroom took 62 takes before Kubrick was satisfied.  Howard's death scene, however, only took five, a fact of which he reamins extremely proud.  In The Short-Timers, Cowboy's death is also the final, climactic action, though it unfolds under very different circumstances than what you see in the film (if you don't know what I'm talking about, why haven't you read Shorty yet?)

"The running gag was that Stanley had already shot the film somewhere else
and when we got to London he was just going to superimpose us over it."
--Adam Baldwin

Adam Baldwin as Animal Mother

Birthplace: Winnetka, Illinois
Passions:  Bike riding, hockey, his three children
Quote:  "The site was pretty run-down; there were all these old buildings that had been destroyed by decay, and they dressed them up with Vietnamese trim and set everything on fire and said, 'Okay, boys, run around in the coal dust and the asbestos, fire your guns, and yell real loud.'"

No relation to the Baldwin brothers, Adam Baldwin began his acting career at age 15 with the lead role of Ricky Linderman in the Tony Bill-directed film My Bodyguard.  Discovered by Bill playing ice hockey in Winnetka, Illinois, the six-foot, four-inch Baldwin read for the director "without the highest expectations." 
Since then, Baldwin has appeared in Ordinary People, D.C. Cab, Radio Flyer, Predator 2, Wyatt Earp, Independence Day, and From the Earth to the Moon, as well as several TV shows, including "The Cape," "Firefly," "CSI: Miami," and as super soldier Knowle Rohrer on "The X-Files."  Ask what his favorite roles have been and you get a taste of Baldwin's
eclectic career.  "Certainly My Bodyguard and Full Metal Jacket, '' he told the Boston Herald in October 2002, also listing the 1996 made-for-TV movie In the Line of Duty: Smoke Jumpers.  "Unfortunately, it went against The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years," he said.  Baldwin still plays hockey, but now for the Children's Miracle hockey team, a celebrity organization dedicated to raising money to grant the wishes of terminally ill children.  "I probably can say I've made a living as an actor for 23 years," says Baldwin.  "I made some great movies and made some not-so-great movies.  There's always an element of luck.  I started young and got lucky.''

Based on:  Animal Mother was a common Marine nickname
Helmet:  I AM BECOME DEATH across the front
Insulted as:  A rabid buffalo
Threatened with:  Having to eat the peanuts out of Joker's shit
Fate:  Lived to fight another day
Best line:  "Flush out your head gear, new guy.  You think we waste gooks for freedom?  This is a slaughter.  If I'm gonna get my balls blown off for a word is 'poontang.'"

Animal Mother represents the sterotypical, Vietnam War violence freak.  In The Short-Timers, he's even more of a pyscho.  He rapes teenage girls, frags his own commanding officer, and decapitates the female sniper.  In Hasford's sequel to The Short-Timers, we learn that Mother finally gets what's coming to him, courtesy of the Phantom Blooper, an American soldier who's switched sides and punctuates his propaganda with blasts from a grenade launcher.  Joker tells us that Animal Mother, "the meanest, hardest Marine I ever knew," took his squad out looking for the Blooper and never returned.  The writing on Mother's helmet comes from the Hindu scripture Bhagavad-Gita, which was famously quoted by scientist Robert Oppenheimer after the explosion of the first atomic bomb at Alamogordo: "Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds." 

"There we were in army garb, rifles in our laps, in the hot weather, sitting around in the dirt
and rubble and waiting and waiting, and smoking and playing cards
and being away from home and our wives for months.  It was the army!"
--Dorian Harewood

Dorian Harewood as Eightball

Passions:  Singing
Quote:  "(Full Metal Jacket) was as close to war as I ever want to get."

As a singer, Dorian Harewood has shared the stage with musical legends like the Four Tops, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight.  As an actor, he's best remembered for his roles in "Roots: The Next Generation" and "The Jesse Owens Story".  In addition, he has appeared in several television series, including "Seventh Heaven," "Viper," "Trauma Center," and the highly acclaimed NBC series "I'll Fly Away", for which he won the NAACP Image Award for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series.  Harewood's feature film credits include Sudden Death with Jean-Claude Van Damme, Against All Odds, The Falcon and the Snowman, Pacific Heights, the remake of the 1957 Academy Award nominated MGM classic Twelve Angry Men, and Mariah Carey's feature film debut, Glitter.  IHarewood has also done extensive cartoon voice work, including roles in "Jonny Quest," "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," "A Pup Named Scooby Doo," "Sonic the Hedgehog," "Biker Mice From Mars," "Spider-Man," "The Tick," and as the voice of Michael Jordan on "Pro-Stars." 

Helmet:  Picture of an eightball drawn on the front
Fate:  Shot to pieces by a sniper
Best line:  "Now you might not believe it but under fire Animal Mother is one of the finest human beings in the world.  All he needs is somebody to throw hand grenades at him the rest of his life."

During filming, Harewood saw the doctor twice, fearing that he'd blown out his eardrums during the battle scenes.

"They were a jolly enthusiastic crew, some very talented, some not, all thrilled to be in a Stanley Kubrick movie--I think they all saw blue skies and high times ahead--but there was a plateau of discipline that they couldn't have known existed before.  Stanley showed them, and it hurt."
--Michael Herr

Tim Colceri as Doorgunner

Birthplace: Canton, Ohio
Passions:  Golf, stand-up comedy

Tim Colceri was born on June 15, 1951 in Canton, Ohio.  When he was 2 years, old his parents moved to
Phoenix, Arizona where he grew up.  At age 18, Colceri enlisted in the Marine Corp., spent 13 months in Da Nang, Vietnam and was discharged on his 20th birthday.  He immediately enrolled at Arizona State University, where he played on the golf team for three years and upon graduation turned pro.  Three years later he cut a tendon in his little finger and was forced to find a new profession.  After Colceri had traveled the world as a flight attendant, a friend who was taking an acting class said to him, "You've got lots of energy, maybe you should try acting."  Full Metal Jacket was his second film role.  Colceri has also appeared in Leprechaun 4: In Space as Master Sergeant Metal Head Hooker, "Silk Stalkings," Eraser, and Megiddo: The Omega Code 2, among others.  However, he may be best known for his role as Captain Jankowski on TV's "Babylon 5."  Colceri is also the director of the Full Metal Improv theatre group and has served as an acting coach for porn star Cheyenne Silver.

Based on:  Michael Herr's Dispatches
Helmet:  He's actually wearing a tank crewman's helmet, not a chopper crewman's
Best line:  "Easy!  You just don't lead 'em so much!"

According to actor Arliss Howard, he was originally set to play the part of the Doorgunner, in addition to his role as Cowboy.  In a move reminiscent of Peter Seller's classic, multi-role turn in Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove, Howard was going to don a fake mustache for the scene.  Tim Colceri, on the other hand, had been hired to play the part of the Drill Instructor.  That all changed when Lee Ermey, who was initially serving only as technical adviser, wowed Kubrick with his arsenal of graphic insults and stole the role away from Colceri.  As a consolation, Colceri was given the bit-part of the Doorgunner, much to the disapointment of Howard, who already had his fake mustache picked out.  Presumably, this scene was one of Michael Herr's contributions to the screenplay, since it's obviously inspired by a few lines of dialogue from his memoir Dispatches.  However, the lines, "Anyone who runs is a VC.  Anyone who stands still is a well-disciplined VC", were apparently added by  Hasford, since they later found their way into his novel The Phantom Blooper.

Kevyn Major Howard as Rafterman

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Passions:  Photography
Quote:  (On Stanley Kubrick) "A master among masters.  He was about perfection and his films are classic.  I was a huge Stanley Kubrick fan before starring in Full Metal Jacket.  Having the opportunity to work with him only deepened my respect for his vision and talent.  We will all miss you." 

After acting in some high school plays, Howard departed for Los Angeles in the late 70's, where he soon became frustrated with LA's headshot industry and decided to take his own picture.  According to Howard's website, "his headshot composition was an instant hit, reinventing and recreating the industry standard for today's headshot.  Kevyn's 8x10 was delivered to Paramount Studios and within a half hour of delivery, he was called for his first film roll."  The film was called The Serial starring Martin Mull and Tuesday Weld.  Since then, he has worked with Clint Eastwood, Charles Bronson, James Caan and Frank Sinatra.  Most recently, he executive-produced his first film, Scorched, with brother Kelsey T. Howard, who directed.

Based on:  Hasford's buddy, Eric Grimm
Fate:  Becomes a hardcore lifetaker
Best line:  "When the shit really hits the fan, who do they call?  They call Mother Green and her killing machine!"

The story behind Rafterman's nickname (which involved hanging from the rafters to get a better view of a USO show ) was inspired by the real-life exploits of Gus Hasford's buddy Eric "Rafterman" Grimm.  In The Short-Timers, readers are able to witness the full transformation of Rafterman from New Guy to cold-blooded killer, in addition to learning of his gruesome death.



Ed O'Ross as Lieutenant Walter J. "Touchdown" Tinoshky

Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida

O'Ross grew up in Pennsylvania, where in 1964 he won the Golden Gloves amateur boxing championship. He attended Point Park College and Carnegie Tech before leaving for New York, where he embarked on his acting career.  O'Ross has since appeared in The Pope of Greenwich Village, The Cotton Club, Lethal Weapon, Action Jackson, Tailspin: Behind the Korean Airliner Tragedy, Another 48 Hrs., Dick Tracy,   His television work includes appearances on "Moonlighting," "Murder She Wrote," "Seinfeld," and as the voice of Kay on the "Men In Black" animated series.   Most recently, O'Ross has appered as the Russian florist Nikolai on the Emmy-winning HBO drama "Six Feet Under."

Based on:  Was supposed to be named for Hasford's buddy, Bob "Ding" Bayer
Fate:  Shot and killed during a patrol
Best line:  "Charlie's definitely got his shit together.  But we're still getting some really decent kills here."

This character was originally named Robert "Shortround" Bayer, as an homage to Hasford's best friend.  Kubrick later changed the nickname to "Touchdown," telling Hasford that he couldn't find any short actors. 


Kieron Jecchinis as Crazy Earl

Birthplace: England
Passions: Shakespeare
Quote:  Entered the world of acting.  If ever there was a study of fear in continual unrelenting intensity, this is it.  What's worse, it doesn't diminish with experience and age, in fact it often increases.  Waiting in the wings just before going on stage has been described as a near schizophrenic experience e.g.. the actor is caught in a place where he can't run away and neither can he face the enemy (audience), and consequently experiences a type of anxiety which can involve dredging up all sorts of unwelcome beasts and demons.

Jecchinis has appeared in Spielberg's Empire of the Sun, Tailspin: Behind the Korean Airliner Tragedy, Born to Ride and Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace, as well as on British TV and in countless theater productions across the U.S., England and Canada, where he has starred as Romeo, Hamlet and Brutus from Julius Caesar.  His acting accolades include the Bancroft GoldMedal, Ronson Award, Tree Prize, John Barton Prize and John Sloane Prize.  Full Metal Jacket was his first film role.  Jecchinis has also served as an occassional contributing writer for Achilles Heel magazine.

Based on:  Hasford's buddy, Earl Gerheim
Fate:  Blown up by a booby-trapped toy
Best line:  "These people we wasted here today are the finest human beings we will ever know.  After we rotate back to the world, we're gonna miss hot having anyone around that's worth shooting."

Crazy Earl's big scene in Full Metal Jacket, when he sits next to a dead Vietnamese soldier, praising the enemy's fighting prowess, was inspired by the actions of Hasford's fellow combat correspondent, Earl Gerheim.  About that instance, Gerheim remembers, "As a joke one time, we had a dead NVA propped up against the wall, and I sat down like I was interviewing him.  It's callous humor.  It's masking the fear I had at the time.  And I was scared to death.  If you've ever run across anyone who says they've been in combat and they say they were not scared, they're one of two people:  they're certifiably crazy or they're liars, they never been there.  Because you're terrified."


Tony Spiridakis as Captain January

    According to the Behind the Scenes article "Light at the End of the Tunnel" in the June 1987 issue of American Film magazine, Tony Spiridakis had the longest-running dialogue scene in Full Metal Jacket, "some four-pages of near-monologue."   His was the first scene shot.  "First we rehearsed it for a solid week, which in itself is incredible," explained Spiridakis.  "Then from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., all Stanley did was shoot me.  You know, like thirty-six takes.  I went home and collapsed.  The next morning, Stanley told me, 'I know you can do it.  If I have to, I'll wait for four months till you get it right.'  And everyone on the set shivered, because they knew he meant it."  According to American Film, "the scene was finally completed, after a solid month of shooting, when Kubrick decided the off-screen actor playing against Spiridakis was throwing his timing off and replaced him."
    Don't remember that scene from the finished film?  That's because it wasn't in it.  Spiridakis doesn't appear at all.  His character was completely cut.
    He did however star alongside Dennis Hopper in the 1986 cult classic Riders of the Storm and Charles Bronson in Death Wish 3.  Spiridakis has gone on to write, direct and produce such movies as Tinseltown, which starred Joe Pantoliano, along with The Last Word, featuring Timothy Hutton, Chazz Palminteri, Richard Dreyfuss, Cybill Shepherd and Jimmy Smits.  Spiridakis also has to his writing credit Queens Logic, in which he starred along with Kevin Bacon, Linda Fiorentino, John Malkovich, Tom Waits, Jamie Lee Curtis and Joe Mantegna, and If Lucy Fell, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Ben Stiller and Scarlett Johansson.  Most recently, Spiridakis produced the documentary Driving to Ground Zero, which gauged the National reaction to 9/11 as the filmmakers travelled cross-country, from Santa Monica to Ground Zero.  That film made its debut at the 2002 Woodstock Film Festival in upstate New York.

Papillon Soo Soo as Da Nang Hooker
Papillon Soo Soo was working as a model when she was cast as "Pan Ho" in the 1985 James Bond film, A View to a Kill.  Though she has appeared in only three films, Papillon was nevertheless immortalized by her brief role in FMJ.  Her voice was sampled on the notorious 2 Live Crew song "Me So Horny," inspiring countless parodies.

Bruce Boa as Pogue Colonel
Boa's films roles include the 70s horror classic The Omen, the Bond film Octopussy and the bawdy comedy Carry On Emmannuelle.  He also played General Rieekan in The Empire Strikes Back.  In England, Boa is best known for his role as the brash American Mr. Hamilton on TV's "Fawlty Towers."  Born in Britain, but raised in Canada, Boa played professional football for the Calgary Stampeders before settling in England more than 45 years ago.  He currently lives in London with his British wife.

Sal Lopez as T.H.E. Rock
The character of "T.H.E. Rock" was named for Hasford's friend and fellow combat correspondent, Jeff "T.H.E." Ault.  According to Ault himself, "T.H.E." stands for "The Highly Educated."

Gil Kopel as Stoke
The character of Stoke was named for Hasford's friend and fellow combat correspondent, Mike Stokey.  These days, Stokey works alongside Dale Dye as a member of the military technical advising firm Warriors, Inc.

Keith Hodiak as Daddy D.A.
"Daddy D.A." was the nickname of Hasford's friend, Capt. Dale Dye, the well-known author, actor and Hollywood technical adviser.  Though Dye is white, the actor portraying him in FMJ was black.  Hodiak had no speaking lines in the film, and only appeared in the background during the scenes in Da Nang.  Hodiak did have speaking roles in Revenge of the Pink Panther, Doctor Who: The Five Doctors and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.  In a 1979 episode of "Shelley," he was cast as "Black Guy."

John Terry (I) as Lieutenant Lockhart
Kirk Taylor as Private Payback
Jon Stafford as Doc Jay (as John Stafford)
Ian Tyler as Lt. Cleves
Gary Landon Mills as Donlon
Ngoc Le as V.C. Sniper
Peter Edmund as Snowball
Tan Hung Francione as A.R.V.N. Pimp
Leanne Hong as Motorbike Hooker
Marcus D'Amico as Hand Job
Costas Dino Chimona as Chili
Peter Merrill as T.V. Journalist
Herbert Norville as Daytona Dave
Nguyen Hue Phong ....  Camera thief
Duc Hu Ta ....  Dead N.V.A.
Martin Adams ....  Marine
Kevin Albridge ....  Marine
Del Anderson ....  Marine
Philip Bailey ....  Marine
Louis Barlotti ....  Marine
John Beddows ....  Marine
Patrick Benn ....  Marine
Steve Boucher ....  Marine
Adrian Bush ....  Marine
Tony Carey ....  Marine
Gary Cheeseman ....  Marine
Wayne Clark ....  Marine
Chris Cornibert ....  Marine
Danny Cornibert ....  Marine
John Curtis ....  Marine
John Davis ....  Marine
Harry Davies ....  Marine
Kevin Day ....  Marine
Gordon Duncan ....  Marine
Phil Elmer ....  Marine
Colin Elvis ....  Marine
Hadrian Follett ....  Marine
Sean Frank ....  Marine
David George ....  Marine
Laurie Gomes ....  Marine
Brian Goodwin ....  Marine
Nigel Goulding ....  Marine
Tony Hague ....  Marine
Steve Hands ....  Marine
Chris Harris ....  Marine
Bob Hart ....  Marine
Derek Hart ....  Marine
Barry Hayes ....  Marine
Tony Hayes ....  Marine
Robin Hedgeland ....  Marine
Duncan Henry ....  Marine
Kenneth Head ....  Marine
Liam Hogan ....  Marine
Trevor Hogan ....  Marine
Luke Hogdal ....  Marine
Steve Hudson ....  Marine
Tony Howard ....  Marine
Sean Lamming ....  Marine
Dan Landin ....  Marine
Tony Leete ....  Marine
Nigel Lough ....  Marine
Terry Lowe ....  Marine
Frank McCardle ....  Marine
Gary Meyer ....  Marine
Brett Middleton ....  Marine
David Milner ....  Marine
Sean Minmagh ....  Marine
Tony Minmagh ....  Marine
John Morrison ....  Marine
Russell Mott ....  Marine
John Ness ....  Marine
Robert Nichols ....  Marine
David Perry ....  Marine
Peter Rommely ....  Marine
Pat Sands ....  Marine
Jim Sarup ....  Marine
Chris Maybach ....  Marine (as Chris Schmidt-Maybach)
Al Simpson ....  Marine
Russell Slater ....  Marine
Gary Smith ....  Marine
Roger Smith ....  Marine
Tony Smith ....  Marine
Anthony Styliano ....  Marine
Bill Thompson ....  Marine
Mike Turjansky ....  Marine
Dan Weldon ....  Marine
Dennis Wells ....  Marine
Michael Williams ....  Marine
John Wilson ....  Marine
John Wonderling ....  Marine
rest of cast listed alphabetically
Stanley Kubrick ....  Murphy (uncredited) (voice)
Vivian Kubrick ....  News camera operator at mass grave (uncredited)
David Palffy ....  Grave soldier (uncredited)

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