When TV, movie and video game writers want a formidable character, they often add a dash of Marine mystique – usually, but not always, with a tattoo. MARINES found these examples under the magnifying glass.
Jack Nicholson plays a hot-headed anger management counselor in this April 2003 release. In one scene, he sports a “USMC” T-shirt while complaining loudly about how he wanted his eggs done. Viewers can almost expect Nicholson to shout “You can’t handle the truth,” his famous line from “A Few Good Men” where Nicholson portrays a Marine colonel.
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
For a movie about hardcore service members, this August 2009 release did not show the Marines a lot of love. However, diligent moviegoers may have spotted an eagle, globe, and anchor tattoo on Brendan Fraser’s arm in his initial appearance. Fraser was originally rumored to play Gung Ho, a gunnery sergeant from the G.I. Joe series.