The actor looks back at why he and lifelong friend Vincent D’Onofrio were at odds during the demanding shoot and explains the benefit of Nolan not having a video village on set.
Thirty-three-plus years later, Matthew Modine still can’t believe the continued interest in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, especially since the film wasn’t initially received with universal acclaim. But as is the case with several of Kubrick’s films, appreciation has only grown as time passes. In fact, whenever Modine would work with other auteur filmmakers like Robert Altman, Christopher Nolan and Oliver Stone, he could sense and anticipate their inevitable Kubrick questions before they were even asked.
Kubrick was often regarded as a perfectionist, which accounted for his tendency to ask actors to do a high number of takes until their performance felt like second nature. Many believe that David Fincher, another famously meticulous filmmaker, took a page out of Kubrick’s playbook by adopting the same approach. The Matrix cinematographer Bill Pope also stated recently that The Wachowskis used Kubrick’s method during production on the Matrix sequels. While Kubrick did indeed do a lot of takes, Modine believes that there’s a misconception about his reasoning for doing so.
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