This War Movie Had a Toxic Set, Literally

Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 war drama Full Metal Jacket is probably most remembered for exploring the toxic nature of hyper-masculinity in the military, but who knew that the environment in which they shot the iconic film was just as toxic, literally? Years after the movie’s release, it was revealed that Full Metal Jacket was filmed at an abandoned chemical plant in London and was far from the first production to shoot there.

In a movie filled with violence at the hands of young men brainwashed into brutality, you would never guess that the set of the film had the potential to be just as deadly as the men portrayed in it.

So, how did a toxic wasteland responsible for manufacturing carcinogens become a hot place to film in the 1980s?…

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