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A couple of years ago he gave his entire vault to the Library of Congress. With the condition that The Day the Clown Cried not be released for 25 years after his death.
In 10 years, i took this from wikipedia :
On August 5, 2015 the Los Angeles Times reported that Lewis had donated a copy of the film to the Library of Congress, under the stipulation that it not be screened before June 2024.
 
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I enlisted in the Army in early 1990, while still a senior in high school. An older cousin of mine, who was in his 30s and had served a four year enlistment himself, told me some movies to check out to give me an idea of what to expect. Full Metal Jacket was one of them. And Ermey's Gny. Sgt. Hartman scared the absolute shit out of me. I was dreading going to basic after that (further adding to my anxiety was the fact that the Gulf War started one month to the day before I was to start basic training). So I arrive at Fort Benning and I'll be damned if every drill sergeant in the joint didn't act exactly like Ermey in that flick. And I'll tell you, as intense as it was in FMJ, it's a lot more intimidating in real life. I totally understand why D'Onofrio shot that fucker!

Anyway, while I enjoyed a great many of Ermey's performances, I actually liked him even more in his comedic roles. I think it says a lot about someone who, despite obviously being tough as nails in real life, is perfectly fine with allowing himself to be the butt of a joke. And he always seemed to be having a good time while he was at it.

From one vet to another, RIP Gunny. You'll be missed.
 
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