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15 05 2008

It always surprises me to find something I never saw before.

QUOTE: Willem Dafoe [Sgt. Elias]: I got in a room with Oliver and he was very direct and charismatic. I liked the guy. And I think he was just looking for people to take this adventure with him. People that he knew would get behind the story and not be interested in it for money or career.

Tom Berenger [Sgt. Barnes]: One night in the Philippines, Oliver and I were having a couple of beers after dinner and he said, “I’ll tell you one thing, I was scared to death of [the actual soldier Sgt. Barnes is based on].”

Forest Whitaker [Big Harold]: When we got off the plane in Manila, it was this massive heat a force field of heat that was like, Pow! I had never been to any place like that before.”

Dafoe: The cool thing about boot camp was that it sort of paralleled the story in terms of how ill-equipped [the actors] were [at] dealing with what we were doing. That kind of became a key to understanding that all these young guys in their early twenties having to do these impossible and really horrific things and not having the preparation or understanding.

Berenger: We wouldn’t talk to the crew for about a week because they weren’t us. We had trained. They had air conditioning, clean sheets and Japanese food.

Whitaker: I talked to vets about the movie and all the guys I met said that it felt like the way it was.

Whitaker: I didn’t hate Oliver at all. I thought that he was a brilliant filmmaker. In fact, I even told him one time in Manila that I thought the movie was going to be a big success.”

Berenger: I had the strange feeling that everybody who was or had been in the military would see the film, and their families too. That’s quite a lot of people.”

Oliver Stone [director]: Platoon came out in the heart of the Reagan era and it was a shift in the paradigm. The Rambo films that had been so popular were no longer. The Oliver North scandal ironic that his name is Oliver broke a month or so before the film, so in a way, we drove a stake through the heart [of the era].”

Stone: When we went to Europe [to do publicity], there were places that were anti-American, about the military and Vietnam, and hated the movie. The intellectuals probably didn’t like it. They didn’t even want to look at it as a human film.

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