Ed Harris Rejected a Direct Offer From Stanley Kubrick, and He Knows ‘It Was Foolish’

Ed Harris Rejected a Direct Offer From Stanley Kubrick, and He Knows ‘It Was Foolish’
Ed Harris has worked with some amazing filmmakers throughout his 42 years and counting in the business, from James Cameron to Ron Howard, David Cronenberg, Darren Aronfosky, and more. But it turns out the actor had the chance to work with the greatest filmmaker and he turned him down. Harris tells the Los Angeles Times that Stanley Kubrick called him directly to offer him the drill instructor role in “Full Metal Jacket.” He rejected the offer, and it’s shouldn’t be a surprise to know it’s one of his career regrets.

“Stanley Kubrick called me up one day and asked me to play the sergeant in ‘Full Metal Jacket,’ and I said no,” Harris said. “[R. Lee Ermey] was great and did a much better job than I would have done. But that always make me kind of go, ‘What were you thinking about?’ It might have been that
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