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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Gunny says Eyes Wide Shut sucked

R. Lee Ermey, who played the drill instructor in Full Metal Jacket, talked to Stanley Kubrick about a couple weeks before his death. He said Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman ruined Eyes Wide Shut. Which is what I've always thought. Everything Tom touches turns to shite.

He says, "Stanley called me about two weeks before he died, as a matter of fact. We had a long conversation about 'Eyes Wide Shut.' He told me it was a piece of s**t and that he was disgusted with it and that the critics were going to have him for lunch. He said Cruise and Kidman had their way with him - exactly the words he used.

"He was kind of a shy little timid guy. He wasn't real forceful. That's why he didn't appreciate working with big, high-powered actors. They would have their way with him, he would lose control, and his movie would turn to s**t."

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