(The Daily Mail) – R Lee Ermey, who played the iconic drill sergeant in ‘Full Metal Jacket,’ claims he was fired by Geico for his vocal opposition to the Obama Administration.
‘Gunny,’ a retired US Marine, starred in a single commercial for the insurance company in 2010 in which he hilariously demonstrated why a former drill instructor makes a terrible psychiatrist.
Not long after the ad debuted, he was forced to apologize after saying President Barack Obama was bringing America to it’s knees and ‘imposing socialism’ during a Toys 4 Tots fundraiser that was broadcast live in the Chicago area.
‘Yeah, I got fired… Geico fired me because I wasn’t too kind about speaking about the present administration,’ Ermey told TMZ.
He said it’s part of a bigger problem in Hollywood.
‘If you’re a conservative in this town, you better watch out,’ he warned.
Ermey, who was a Marine drill instructor and served in the Vietnam War, has made an acting career out of playing hardened, angry military commanders.
His best-known role, though, is Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, the brutal Marine trainer, in the 1987 film ‘Full Metal Jacket.’
‘The economy really sucks. Now I hate to point fingers at anybody, but the present administration probably had a lot to do with that. And the way I see it, theyâ€™re not going to quit doing it until they bring this country to its knees,’ he told the crowd.
‘So I think we should all rise up and we should stop this administration from what theyâ€™re doing because theyâ€™re destroying this country. Theyâ€™re driving us into bankruptcy so that they can impose socialism on us and thatâ€™s exactly what theyâ€™re doing.’
He later said he was sorry for being ‘inappropriately critical’ of the president.