Claymore: The Origin of the Name

10 06 2008

From Wikipedia, some source research:

QUOTE: The term claymore from Scottish Gaelic claidheamh m?r, “great sword”) may refer to one of two distinct types of Scottish broadswords. Originally it referred to a two-edged broadsword with a cross hilt, of which the guards were usually turned down, used by the Highlanders of Scotland. The name was then applied to the single-edged basket-hilted sword adopted in the 16th century and still worn as the full-dress sword in the Highland regiments of the British Army.

The M18A1 Claymore is a directional anti-personnel mine used by the U.S. military. It was named after the large Scottish sword by its inventor, Norman A. MacLeod. The Claymore fires shrapnel, in the form of steel balls, out to about 100 meters across a 60? arc in front of the device. It is used primarily in ambushes and as an anti-infiltration device against enemy infantry. It is also of some use against soft-skinned vehicles.

Cast & Crew: Tom Berenger Interview

10 06 2008

The Good Fight
By Betsy Model, September 27, 2007

from Cigar Aficionado
It seems that non film magazines make interviews with actors differently, and sometimes better. They seem to have broader perspective than the usual movie talk. And women write different than men, that’s for sure.

Quote: There may be all of those characters in the impatience Berenger can exhibit when discussing Hollywood, but the one you listen for — the one you half fear and half desire — is Sergeant Barnes from Platoon.

Berenger himself was certain he could bring Barnes to life on the screen, but there were some initial doubts by others.

Berenger managed on screen to define the notion of walking wounded, the kind of dull and incessant emotional pain that renders a man inhuman, to an extraordinary and chilling degree.

“I remember reading the script and thinking ‘whoa,'” says Berenger, “and I never doubted I could do it. I had a handle on it. I knew that Oliver had doubts and I knew that Dale [Dye] had doubts, but I knew exactly what I wanted to do with [the role]. I could see them being worried, but I wasn’t.”

“Early on, when I first started in the movie business,” says Dye. “I barely knew one actor from another and certainly had no clue about things like heart, emotion, insight and talent that an actor needs to bring a role to life. So in my infinite wisdom at the time, I took a look at Tom’s head shot — a handsome, soulful, sensitive photo — and said, ‘There’s no damn way this weenie can play Sgt. Barnes.’ [Oh, my, I can literally hear Dye saying this words!]

“What I decided to do,” Dye continues, “was challenge him a bit, work some reverse psychology and tell him I didn’t think he had the right stuff. My hope was that he’d step up and try to prove me wrong and he damn sure did that. What I found was a guy who was not only a spectacularly talented actor but a tough guy for real, and someone who would have made an outstanding combat soldier.”

I think this is something I’ve never read before:

QUOTE: After graduating from the University of Missouri with a double major in communications and film editing, Berenger was lucky enough to immediately land a job working at a film production and editing studio in Kansas City. Specializing in training films, film footage of professional sporting events and documentaries, the little production company (which, interestingly enough, had also been the starting point for director and producer Robert Altman, years earlier) provided experience for Berenger in every facet of film production, except acting.

Berenger moved to New York to take acting lessons and within six months, he says, he was landing work.

There is also a little story about an influence his movie Looking for Mr Goodbar had on Berneger. Which somehow reminds me of strange chains of occurrences that sometimes happen to me… Maybe it is something about Gemini, like we are attracting weirdness or something.

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