The Best Movie War Faces
In honor of R. Lee Ermey’s death today, we look back at his most iconic role as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket. His foul-mouthed portrayal of a Parris Island drill sergeant was the highlight of the first half of the film. One of his signature lines is in the memorable “Show Me Your War Face” scene :
Today we pay homage to this unappreciated element in combat movies: The War Face. Made famous by R. Lee Ermey in Stanley Kubrick’s extremely quotable Vietnam era epic Full Metal Jacket, the war face is an integral part of big screen battles. Here are some of the very best examples, to help Private Joker figure it out.
Tom Cruise in Taps
Nick Nolte in The Thin Red Line
The Channel Four News Team in Anchorman
News team rumbles can be brutal. Don’t forget your trident.
Lee Marvin in The Dirty Dozen
One of cinema’s true tough guys had himself an awesome scary war face.
Barry Pepper in Saving Private Ryan
Gun aimed. Mouth open. Primal scream. Hooah!
Mel Gibson in Braveheart
Gibson may have gone looney tunes in recent years, but this flick still kicks copious amounts of ass.
Slim Pickens in Dr. Strangelove
It doesn’t get much better than Pickens riding a nuke on the eve of doomsday.
Animal Mother in Full Metal Jacket
Two words: Animal Mother. Two more: Get some.
Jack Black in Tropic Thunder
Jack Black playing a drug addicted actor playing a character named Fats. That is all.
Ah-nold in Conan the Barbarian
Long before he was banging beastly maids while Governor of California, Ah-nold was banging steel.
Vasquez in Aliens
Gotta include a chick. She’s a manly chick, but a chick nonetheless.
Sly Stallone in Rambo
C’mon, it’s Rambo. He bleeds red, white and blue.
The Kurgan in Highlander
There can be only one. Screw Connor MacLeod.
Sam Worthington in Avatar
Now, that’s a war face. Bonus points for the paint.
Gerard Butler in 300
Leonidas, King of Sparta. Any questions?