Crazy Earl has always been my favourite in Full Metal Jacket, even if he was toned down slightly from The Short Timers. He has the best dialogue. He carries a BB gun into battle. And whenever I hear Surfin’ Bird by The Trashmen, all I can think of is his little, grinning face after he greased a gook.
"Crazy Earl carries a lever action Daisy Red Ryder BB gun in addition to his M-16 throughout the movie, as carried by his character in the book on which the film is based, The Short Timers, although we never see it closely."
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In The Short Timers. The Vietnam War novel by Gustav Haasford on which Full Metal Jacket is based, a Marine Captain unabashedly links the Marine knack forpublicity to its fighting prowess. "The lesser services like to joke about how every Marine platoon goes into battle accompanied by a platoon of MarineCorps photographers," he says. "That's affirmative. Marines fight harder because Marines have bigger legends to live up to".