“Platoon” was filmed in the Philippines, where production was threatened by political revolution. The actors had to go a long way to get home, and although Dafoe and Berenger later received two Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor – and they have men who answer them like real sergeants on the set of “Platoon” – they are not immune to the hardships of the rainforest. John C. McGinley, who plays their sergeant, O’Neill, told The Guardian:
“Willem was drinking from a river when there was a decomposing cow downstream and he was interfered with, Tom dropped a knife in his leg – it was all a horrible fact. And there were snakes too. Two weeks ago, we were running around New York’s West Village drinking coffee, bagels and talking about ‘The Inn.’ Now we’re in the woods with bamboo vipers.”
“Platoon” certainly isn’t the last we hear stories about actors getting into trouble in the woods while filming a Vietnam War scene. Mykelti Williamson, for example, was also a solid magnet on the set of “Forrest Gump.” However, when the film’s ending comes out “Platoon” and the words “Dedicated to the men who fought and died in the Vietnam War” appear – and you see each actor’s face on the screen. picture with his name – apparently Stone, a real Vietnam veteran, had them run around in the woods in service of his true vision of a group of brothers.
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