Full Metal Jacket’s Matthew Modine Protests As The Movie’s Iconic Poster Gets Changed By Amazon, And He Makes A Great Point

Full Metal Jacket’s Matthew Modine Protests As The Movie’s Iconic Poster Gets Changed By Amazon, And He Makes A Great Point

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Stanley Kubrick‘s Full Metal Jacket is a movie that forever sticks in your head. It’s not just one of the best movies about the Vietnam War, but one of the greatest war movies of all time, and it will be remembered forever for its remarkable characters and brutal depiction of a soldier’s time in service. Even the poster is iconic, a simple design with a military helmet featured on a white background – and given this legacy, it’s wholly understandable that actor Matthew Modine is upset about the artwork being changed by Amazon on the movie’s digital rental/purchase page.

If you go to the Amazon page for Full Metal Jacket right now, you’ll see background art that looks familiar… but you’ll probably notice that something is off. The camouflage coloring is normal, as is the presence of the peace symbol and the rifle cartridges, but missing is the message “BORN TO KILL.” This was evidently brought to Matthew Modine’s attention, and he took to his personal Twitter account to protest the alteration. Digging into the significance of the artwork (and giving proper credit to the artist, the actor wrote,

Who decided to remove ‘BORN TO KILL?’ Not only did they alter a piece of iconic art by Philip Castle, but they completely misunderstood the point of it being there. Pvt. Joker wears the helmet with ‘BORN TO KILL’ and the peace ☮️ button as a statement about ‘the duality of man.’

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