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Matthew Modine Kickstarts 'Full Metal Jacket' Audio Diary on Working with Stanley Kubrick (Exclusive)

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! April 8, 2014 at 4:45PM

Matthew Modine is reaching back to the glory days of Stanley Kubrick's stark masterpiece of war from 1987, "Full Metal Jacket." With help from producing partner Adam Rakoff, Modine, now working comfortably in indie film and TV, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for "Full Metal Jacket Diary," an immersive audiobook adapted from his 2005 book of the same name.
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Matthew Modine and Stanley Kubrick
Matthew Modine and Stanley Kubrick
'Full Metal Jacket Diary'
'Full Metal Jacket Diary'

Matthew Modine is reaching back to the glory days of Stanley Kubrick's stark masterpiece of war from 1987, "Full Metal Jacket." With help from producing partner Adam Rackoff, Modine, now working comfortably in indie film and TV, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for "Full Metal Jacket Diary," an immersive audiobook adapted from his 2005 book of the same name. (Last year, he created six original short films for ShortsHD.)

Like the book, which eventually became an interactive iPad app, the audio diary promises to be a firsthand account of what it was like to work with Kubrick on the set of the director's penultimate film for two years. Fans will hear Modine, who played Carl Jung-loving Private "Joker" Davis, reenact the diary across five chapters -- Private Life, Vietnam, Boot Camp, On Leave, and Boot Camp Redux -- totaling four hours. 

On the Kickstarter -- two weeks and $6,000 away from the finish line -- you can listen to snippets from the diary, including musings about Modine's run-in with Val Kilmer, and anecdotes about shooting with Kubrick in England. Neat pledge prizes include limited edition stills from Modine's archives, an out-of-print copy of the original book and more.

Kickstarter campaign trailer is below.

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