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Old 02-19-2009, 10:14 AM
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What is the meaning of "Is That You John Wayne? Is This Me?"

The other Full Metal Jacket thread reminded me of this quote from the movie. What does it mean? Is it a quote from another movie?
Old 02-19-2009, 10:39 AM
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I'd be surprised if it is. I think Joker was just making fun of the Drill Sergeant's over the top macho manner. He says "Is that you, John Wayne?" In a John Wayne voice, realizes the contradiction and covers with "Is this me?" also in a John Wayne voice.
Old 02-20-2009, 01:21 AM
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I haven't seen FMJ, but when I was in Army basic, "John Wayne" was the derogatory term drill sergeants used of anyone, including the female trainees, who didn't have the chinstrap of their helmet fastened. Because that's how John Wayne always wore his helmet in the movies. It could have also been referring to some other thing John Wayne did that was actually a bad example for the trainees.

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Old 02-20-2009, 01:29 AM
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IIRC, the novel, The Short Timers, explains it better, but it was nothing more than PVT Joker trying to fuck with the Drill Instructor. He thought he would be safe with the DI being so far away.

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Old 02-20-2009, 01:50 AM
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To me the more mysterious line is "Captain January will need all his people." Everytime I saw the movie I thought, "Who the hell is CPT January?" The LT says the line like the audience is supposed to know. When I looked into it I found that Captain January was an important character who ended up on the cutting room floor.

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