R. Lee Ermey went to director Stanley Kubrick and asked for the role of Gunnery Sgt. Hartmann. In his opinion, the actors on the set were not up to snuff. When Kubrick declined, Ermey barked an order for Kubrick to stand up when he was spoken to, and the director instinctively obeyed. Ermey got the role.
Stanley Kubrick was a film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, editor, and photographer. Part of the New Hollywood film-making wave.