Brothers in Arms (and it’s not what you think)

5 02 2019

There is a trailer, an IMDB-entry, you can buy it at Amazon Video or on BluRay and DVD. Aaaand there is even a Twitter account.

Charlie Sheen narrates, as cast and crew share their personal experiences making the Academy Award winning film, Platoon. This non-union, low budget, independent film was cast almost exclusively with young, unknown actors making their first film. Together they share their first hand accounts of the grueling boot camp, Oliver Stone’s “unique” directing style, and the brutal filming conditions that together forged their eternal brotherhood.

ETA: Bought a copy. Let’s see if it’s worth the immense shipping fee from the USA.

Kevin Dillon tells story of filming Oliver Stone’s Platoon on 30th anniversary

5 02 2019

“I was changed, I had to actually learn how to behave again and not curse in front of my parents,’ he said. ‘We were so in-character while we were out there that I couldn’t get comfortable in a warm bed anymore, they were too soft.”

I’m not a fan of Daily Mail, but the interview has some interesting, new titbits.

Here is the link

RIP Arnold Kopelson

21 11 2018

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Cast & Crew: An Article on Willem Dafoe

3 09 2008

from American Film, Oct. ’88


Cast & Crew: An article on Dale Dye

24 08 2008

DALE DYE  by Chris Neumer
QUOTE: Retired Marine Captain Dale Dye has been working in Hollywood for almost twenty years. The bounty of his tireless effort is an industry wide change toward a new and strikingly realistic approach to making movies about war. Nicknamed Captain Stanislovsky, Dye talks to Chris Neumer about dealing with studio executives, pampered actors and the importance of teamwork that is usually developed knee deep in mud.

Read the whole article

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.”

the whole article

Cast & Crew: Arnold Kopelson

25 07 2008


Quote: “Arnold is the most relentless negotiator and also the most decent human being in the business,” says one Fox executive. “Only he could have negotiated his own deal here.” Kopelson employs his intense negotiating skills in making deals for material and talent, but his relentlessness is cushioned by an almost childlike enthusiasm for his movies and the talent he mobilizes. “What sets him apart is that he’s a teddy bear,”says a top agent. “You have to love him even though he drives you crazy.”

Um… I don’t know, to me he made an impression of a predator as I saw his picture for the first time… 😉

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