Gus on the set of Full Metal Jacket, October 1985.
I went out to
the set where Stanley was supposed to be filming in a little place called
Beckton, near Essex . . .
I took a couple of friends along with me. We dressed up in tiger-stripe clothes. Our idea was that they'd be shooting and we'd simply blend in as though we were extras. We went in, and this little go-fer took us over to the commissary tent while somebody checked out who I was. We were having doughnuts and the go-fer asked: "Who are you? Why'd you come here?" I said: "Well, I'm the guy who wrote the book that this film is based upon." His eyes lit up and he said: "You're kidding! You're the guy? That's you?" I said: "Yeah, yeah, I wrote the book." He said: "Well, I want to shake your hand, because Dispatches is the best book I ever read." "Hey, I think so too," I said.
Photos Gus took of the set.
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