Life After ‘Platoon’

24 08 2008

Year Since Big Oscar Win Has Brought Mixed Returns to Cast
By JAY SHARBUTT, Times Staff Writer

“I definitely experienced a strange culture shock,” Whitaker said. “I didn’t fit in for a moment there. . . . It was the weirdest thing. I took quite a while to accept being really back home.”

Why? “I guess because the project was so submerging. . . . It wasn’t that easy to just let it go. We were so far into the characters and what was going on. For me, it wasn’t that easy to drop it. I was surprised that happened.”

McGinley, not readily given to open introspection, also admitted that the experience and intensity of making “Platoon” had worked on his mind.

Unlike the usual film-making methods, most of the movie was shot in sequence. Near the end of filming, he said, “there were only about eight of us left. It was a mind-boggler”–he used a far stronger word–“the way Oliver did it. Because as guys ‘died,’ they left.”

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