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Best representation of a drill instructor in film?

I wish I knew how to do a poll... I just got done watching The DI with Jack Webb, and actually found myself liking it better then R Lee Ermy in Full Metal Jacket. Thoughts?
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Re: Best representation of a drill instructor in film?

Probably Lou Gossett Jr
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Re: Best representation of a drill instructor in film?

Sgt Hulka!

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Re: Best representation of a drill instructor in film?

SOME NOMINEES

Darren McGavin in Tribes

Clancy Brown in Starship Troopers

Christopher Walken in Biloxi Blues

Warren Oates in Stripes

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GOD DAMMIT -- I AM THE BEST !!!
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Re: Best representation of a drill instructor in film?

Ha! I totally forgot about Clancy Brown. "Medic!"
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Re: Best representation of a drill instructor in film?

In The Army Now

"She can drill me anytime"
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Re: Best representation of a drill instructor in film?

John Wayne in SANDS OF IWO JIMA (1949)

Clint Eastwood in HEARTBREAK RIDGE (1986)

Also, check out Gregory Walcott (who would go on to make both PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE and several Eastwood movies) in Raoul Walsh's BATTLE CRY (1955).
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It's a smaller role as compared to others so far listed, but I'm submitting actor John Finn as Sergeant Major Mulcahy in GLORY (1989).
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Re: Best representation of a drill instructor in film?



Lon Chaney in Tell It to the Marines (1927)

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Old 01-09-10, 08:22 AM
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Re: Best representation of a drill instructor in film?

Originally Posted by gglass4269 View Post
I wish I knew how to do a poll... I just got done watching The DI with Jack Webb, and actually found myself liking it better then R Lee Ermy in Full Metal Jacket. Thoughts?
I've always heard Jack Webb was great in this. Ermy is too over the top for me. And with his history channel shows, I'm pretty much sick of his schtick anyhow.
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Re: Best representation of a drill instructor in film?

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Probably Lou Gossett Jr
He was nothing without Ermey.
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Re: Best representation of a drill instructor in film?

Actually Sgt. Hulka was a very good representation. However, in the army we had 2 drills per platoon.
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Re: Best representation of a drill instructor in film?

For my money, no one tops Ermey.
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Re: Best representation of a drill instructor in film?

I'm going to throw in with the Ermey wagon. My friends and I are able to quote everything he says in FMJ to the chagrin of everyone around us.
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The two that immediately came to mind for me have both been mentioned above:

Louis Gossett Jr. in An Officer and a Gentleman

Darren McGavin in Tribes (1970)


However, unlike arminius, I have no personal experience since my draft lottery number was 293.
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Re: Best representation of a drill instructor in film?

is it fair since R Lee Ermey was a real DI
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Re: Best representation of a drill instructor in film?

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is it fair since R Lee Ermey was a real DI
Of course. He brought an authenticity to the role the others weren't able to.
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Re: Best representation of a drill instructor in film?

Christy Carlson Romano?



Didn't think so
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Re: Best representation of a drill instructor in film?

I think Ermey may be one of the only actors to play a DI twice. He was also very good in The Boys in Company C.
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Re: Best representation of a drill instructor in film?

R Lee Ermy for sure.

But I don't like seeing him on "Mail Call" because I know that he severely restrained in what he can say. I always wish he could just go all out on that show.
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Re: Best representation of a drill instructor in film?

All of the friends I've had with military experience say Ermey was the best, so I'll go with him.
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Re: Best representation of a drill instructor in film?

Originally Posted by strife View Post
is it fair since R Lee Ermey was a real DI
Jack Webb was also a real life drill instructor, albeit in the Army instead of the Marine Corps.
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Re: Best representation of a drill instructor in film?

wasn't much of what the dude from Full Metal Jacket ad libbed? Either way, he wins simply for that "Mary-Jane Rottencrotch" line.

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