Talking With The Gunny – Black Man with A Gun Show 349


November 21, 2013 | Posted in black man with a gun podcast | By

The Gunny Rules.

This week on the Black Man With A Gun Show is a conversation with the talented character actor known for his military roles, R. Lee Ermey aka the Gunny. When Kenn could get in he asks the Gunny about faith, food, motorcycles and his new book. And as tough as nails a character as he is on TV, I found him to be a great guy.

R. Lee Ermey is the new author of a book called Gunny’s Rules; “How to Get Squared Away Like A Marine from Regnery Publishing. Gunny shares some history and his opinions on America today based on his 70 years of living. I liked it and loved talking to the Gunny.

Ermey was in the United States Marine Corps for eleven years but as you will learn he never really left. I found him to be a genuinely hard working, ethical and sweetheart of a man. I first heard this guy maybe like you did in his most famous (or infamous) role came as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket (1987), for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe.

He rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant, and later was bestowed the honorary rank of Gunnery Sergeant by the Marine Corps Commandant James L. Jones, after he served 14 months in Vietnam and later did two tours in Okinawa, Japan. After injuries forced him to retire from the Corps, he moved to the Phillipines, enrolling in the University of Manila, where he studied Criminology and Drama. He appeared in several Filipino films before being cast as a helicopter pilot in Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now (1979). Due to his Vietnam experiences, Coppola also utilized him as a technical adviser. He got a featured role in Sidney J. Furie’s The Boys in Company C (1978), playing a drill instructor. Ermey worked with Furie again in Purple Hearts (1984).

 He did win the best supporting actor award from The Boston Society of Film Critics. Since then, he has appeared in numerous character roles in such films as Leaving Las Vegas (1995), Se7en (1995) and Dead Man Walking (1995). However, Ermey prefers comedy to drama, and has a comedic role in Saving Silverman (2001).

The Gunny continues to be one of the best character actors in the business, and is in a boat load of voice acting roles as a military leader.

The Gunny hosted the History Channel programs Mail Call from 2002-2009 and Lock N’ Load in 2009.
He is an active board member of the NRA and still leads by example.

Interview with R. Lee Ermey aka The Gunny from the iconic Full Metal Jacket and recently countless other voices overs and endorsements.


The Gunny has a new book out called Gunny’s Rules which is all his personal thoughts on life, politics, America, what’s right and wrong with today’s society.  It will make you laugh, nod your head and think.  As a former Marine, it made me weep tears of joy.

 “If you’re reading this book, you probably know me well enough to know that I don’t mince words, gild lilies, or play politically correct games,” says “If you want it straight, damn straight, you’ll get it here.”  -R. Lee Ermey

Semper Fidelis!

Happy Thanksgiving.





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