The Real Platoon(6): Barnes and Elias snippet

14 03 2008

from St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture

After being wounded again, he was transferred to the platoon where he met Juan Angel Elias, the inspiration for Sgt. Elias (Willem Dafoe) in Platoon. The part-Spanish, part-Apache, compassionate Elias proved to Stone that someone could be both a good soldier and a decent human being. Stone also met a facially scarred officer who would become the inspiration for Sgt. Barnes–the best soldier Stone ever met, but also an angry loner obsessed with killing and getting even.



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