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Effort begins to turn 'Full Metal Jacket' star's diary into audiobook

Apr. 5, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
Matthew Modine's 'Full Metal Jacket Diary' Audiobook on Kickstarter.
Matthew Modine's 'Full Metal Jacket Diary' Audiobook on Kickstarter. ()
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If you loved the 1987 movie “Full Metal Jacket,” you can sign up to receive an audiobook of Matthew Modine’s inside take on the making of the cinema classic — and help bring it to a new generation of fans.

Modine, who played the lead role of Pvt. Joker in the Vietnam war film, and producer Adam Rackoff have launched a Kickstarter fund-raising campaign to turn Modine’s diary into an audiobook. In essence, they are lining up buyers for the audiobook, signed photos and posters before proceeding.

The “Full Metal Jacket Diary” audiobook is based on the actor’s personal journal and the photographs he took on set during the roughly two years it took for director Stanley Kubrick to complete.

Modine originally published a limited edition book of his diary and photos in 2005 and later released an iPad app in 2012. The audiobook “could be the most accessible version of Matthew’s diary available,” said Rackoff, noting that fans can purchase it as either a digital download or a standard CD.

“Some Marines will be curious about what Stanley Kubrick was, from my perspective, like,” Modine told Marine Corps Times in an e-mail. “I think nearly all Marines will relate to the experience of having bad breath and spittle splashed in their face by a drill sergeant,” he said. “As hard as I try, I know Lee Ermey’s breath is something I’ll never forget.”

For $15, backers will get, among other rewards, a digital version of the audiobook along with a photo booklet PDF. A $100 pledge earns fans a 25th anniversary Blu-ray version of the film autographed by Modine, along with a print of Kubrick’s director’s chair.

The actor attributes the movie’s enduring popularity to a variety of factors, including Kubrick’s storytelling ability and its lack of a political stance.

“ ‘Full Metal Jacket’ shows the mortal cost of war. How young men and women often get wounded and ... die in war. These are things we often see. ... It is more rare to see a war film that shows the audience the unseeable wounds of war,” said Modine. “The psychological impact of war that leaves scars not seen, let alone understood, by civilians. Joker’s last line, ‘Yes, I’m in a world of s---, but I am alive’ has a deeper meaning for those few that ‘walk the walk and talk the talk.’ ”

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