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Q&A With R. Lee Ermey: “What Is Your Major Malfunction?”

by G&A Staff   |  May 14th, 2014 5

Saving Private K-9 with R. Lee ErmeyR. Lee Ermey is “the Gunny.” Having starred in more than 60 feature films, he is best known for his role as a drill instructor, GySgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket.”

For his continued service in supporting the troops beyond the silver screen, Marine Corps General James L. Jones officially promoted him to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant in 2002, making him the first retiree to receive this honor.

On May 15, 2014, he accepts a new mission: “Saving Private K-9 With R. Lee Ermey” on the Sportsman Channel. G&A had the chance to talk with the Gunny about his military experience, movie career, firearms and Saving Private K-9 with R. Lee Ermey.

Wipe that disgusting grin off your face and check out our exclusive interview and a sneak peek video of the Gunny’s new show:

  • 101nomad

    I was in basic in 1962, Fort Gordon, Ga, M-1 still used in training. It was a love/hate relationship, loved it, hated it when they took it away. Had the M-14 in the 2nd 503 CBT, 173rd Abn. Running thru the jungle, never occurred to us the M-14 was heavy, too long, or anything else but comforting. We kept the wood treated with linseed oil, lightly. Jumped with it, climbed cliffs with it, roped with it, hit beaches with it ( yes, Abn troops did that too) slept with it on cold rainy nights on the side of hills on islands we never knew the name of. In those days we traveled light, and blind in the night, no body armor, seldom steel helmets, no add-ons to rifle, web belt and straps with butt pack. Basically, water, few cans of C-rations and ammo. Then, to the 1st Brigade, 101st Abn, they took our M-14s, gave us Mattel Toys, we were not amused. Those M-16s were not the latter day versions. ( I shall not rant ).The Marines were still carrying M-14s at the time, in country, no amount of bargaining could pry them loose. Enjoy Gunny and his shows. Thank you Marine.

    • nova

      I think gunny is full of it says he joined army 1962 that’s long after world 2 he was in after war and he is telling war storie

  • Doc

    I always enjoy the Gunny’s performances. As a Navy Corpsman I served with the Marines for about 13 months in Nam.

  • amlamarra

    Every time I read something that he said, I read it in his voice. GET OUT OF MY HEAD, GUNNY!

  • Y K

    I just met R. Lee Ermey at a motel he was staying at in downtown Phoenix. I was outside eying a USMC themed Jeep and he came out. I said, “He, aren’t you Lee Ermey” ? He replied, “Yes I am”.

    I almost didn’t recognize him with the ball cap and 5 days of beard stubble, but overall he looked and sounded pretty “chipper”. I asked him why he hadn’t been on TV for a while and he told me he has a new show called “The Gunny” coming in a few months.

    I didn’t bother him with a photo or autograph request as I’m not into that, and we chatted for several minutes, then I bid him farewell; he was very friendly and I didn’t get any impression that he wasn’t open and accommodating at all – a nice man.

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