Matthew Modine claims he’s dodged nearly 100 speeding tickets over the years due to his military role in Full Metal Jacket
Actor Matthew Modine has pulled a couple fast ones in his day.
On Tuesday the 61-year-old actor told Page Six that he had had gotten out of nearly 100 speeding tickets in his life on account of one particular role off his resume.
Due to his portrayal of Private Joker in Full Metal Jacket, Modine shared that anyone who has endured any sort of boot camp – including cops – always give him a pass.
Dodging bullets: Matthew Modine, 61, revealed in a new interview that he has gotten out of nearly 100 speeding tickets due to his portrayal of Private Joker in the Stanley Kubrick classic Full Metal Jacket; pictured 2019
Private Joker: Modine first rose to fame in the 1987 Kubrick classic film, sharing that anyone who has endured a sort of boot camp in their life – including cops – are quick to ‘give him a pass’; still from Full Metal Jacket
The 1987 Stanley Kubrick classic film, which catapulted him to fame, follows two US Marines as they endure boot camp training and an abusive drill sergeant during the Vietnam War.
In addition to bypassing tickets, though he has insisted those days are behind him, the Manhattan-based actor has also been afforded other perks – most notably courtside Knicks tickets.
‘I was there for some of the most exciting basketball games I’ve ever seen in my life. When Jordan was playing and Patrick Ewing, John Starks, Allan Houston, yeah it was wonderful,’ he shared.
The veteran actor also has a new movie out called Foster Boy, in which Modine stars as a high-powered lawyer in the legal thriller.
Work perks: (left) Modine and his wife Caridad Rivera sit courtside at a 2011 Knicks game
Based on a true story, the film follows Modine as a white corporate attorney who represents a young black man who has been burdened by a for-profit foster care agency.
Speaking about the film Modine shared, ‘The more you learn about the foster care system in the United States it so resembles the privatized prison system, on a different scale for a different age group. It’s a big problem in the United States.’
Having personal ties to the subject matter, Matthew grew up with two adopted siblings whose mother was tragically killed by their father.
‘There were things that were peculiar about my brother and sister and I didn’t understand it,’ he shared.
‘But as you get older and you understand that they were in the house for hours before the police came and you think what kind of damage a four-year-old and seven-year-old child, being in the house with dead parents, what that must have done to their psyches,’ he continued.
Foster Boy: Modine stars as a high-powered attorney who finds himself at the center of a legal battle after the foster care system puts his young black client at serious risk; pictured at the premiere in September 2020