Full Metal Jacket's Matthew Modine on Working With Kubrick and Movie Conspiracy Theories
Though he is currently immersed in filming a movie at an undisclosed location, he had no problem putting aside some time to discuss one of the most important roles of his career after its rare theatrical revival tomorrow night at O Cinema's Wynwood location.
"Give, give, give. And when there is nothing left to give, give some more," the 54-year-old actor writes via email. "This was the advice of my acting teacher, Stella Adler. Her students learned about how life can beat you down and crush the soul. But art was the gift that reminds us that we have one."
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Only last year, Modine had a chance to look back at his two years making the film with Kubrick, when he released an app version of his comprehensive behind-the-scenes book, Full Metal Jacket Diary. "I don't feel that close to the 25-year-old young man that kept the diary," he states. "So, it was very subjective and funny to read about 'his' struggles and fears. What is revealed during the journey is that the ultimate discovery for an artist is the discovery of 'self.' The revelation and realization of your own uniqueness is what life is all about. The surprise is that Kubrick was -- at his age -- still discovering who he was. So he and I were on parallel journeys."
|Modine in Full Metal Jacket.|
"Stanley was incredibly charismatic," says Modine. "He was one of those very rare people you meet that is both incredibly bright and an artist that is remarkably gifted. Creative genius is one of the most powerful gifts a human can possess. Da Vinci, Picasso, Beethoven, Brando, The Beatles -- history is peppered with creative geniuses, endlessly fascinating characters that change our perceptions and enlighten our existence."
"I cannot compare my experience with Stanley with any other director," continues Modine. "Not because I have not worked with equally wonderful, smart, powerful, creative directors, not at all. I cannot compare Stanley with others because of the amount of time we spent together making the film: Nearly two years. Most films are completed within two or three months. The time spent with Stanley is incomparable to the experiences I have had with other filmmakers, not to mention the mentorship and education about screenwriting, cameras, and most importantly, life lessons I garnered from the experience."