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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 6 November 1980Northhampton, Pennsylvania, USA
Nickname Smithers

Mini Bio (1)

Eric Kocher was born on November 6, 1980 in Northhampton, Pennsylvania, USA. He is known for his work on Generation Kill (2008) and Making 'Generation Kill' (2008). He was previously married to Jamie Buffalari.

Spouse (1)

Jamie Buffalari (2001 - 2006) (divorced)

Trivia (4)

In an effort to speed up his rehab, he took pliers and removed the pins that doctors used to reattach his finger, allowing him to bend it so he could shoot again.
While in a gunfight in Fallujah, his Humvee was blown up by an RPG. His bones were broken, much of the flesh on his arm was burnt off, one of his eardrums shattered and his trigger finger dangled by a single strand of skin.
Served as Key Military Advisor on HBO's Generation Kill.
Received two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star for valor and two Navy commendations in five tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Personal Quotes (36)

In the history of filmmaking, there is only one movie that Marines like, and that's the first 20 minutes of Full Metal Jacket. After that, it all goes to shit.
I made a two-page list of rules. Never take off your helmets, because that never happens. Never start shooting all over the place - cause it ain't f**king ever like that.
To me it's not a disorder. It's just P-T-S: post-traumatic stress.
The guys with the military experience, I think they knew just enough to be dangerous. We had to re-teach them the way we do stuff in reconnaissance. - Eric on the actors with previous military experience.
Marines, particularly Recon, have got a very specific way that we speak on the radio. It's a language of nicknames piled on nicknames: we called one of our fellow Marines "Encino Man" but referred to him on the radio as "Echo Mike.
I didn't realize it at the time, but blazing our way north was the easy part.
I wanted to make sure Marines could watch this without laughing at how many things are wrong, like they do with most war movies.
It shows audiences life for the Marine who has a split second to make a decision that may affect the world. Should I pull the trigger, or even tougher sometimes for Marines, should I not pull the trigger? - on the book, Generation Kill.
Even at such a young age, these war fighters are making strategic-level decisions everyday on the battlefield. The term strategic corporal wasn't just coined to make us feel special.
I think the public has lost touch with your average military brothers and sisters. With the downsizing of military bases across the United States, a majority of the American people don't know your average fighting man.
Then Jarhead came out. The Marine dialogue was true to the Corps but it had no meaning. It seemed like the filmmakers had a contest to see how much Marine folklore and verbiage they could jam into an hour and fifty-five minutes. The characters are your stereotypical Marines who are brainwashed, crazed individuals with high-and-tight haircuts.
It hits exactly the way Marines talk, and the atmosphere is visually what you see, what you hear in the background. Everything is it. It hits Iraq...That's the biggest comments that everyone tells me, especially in the Marine community.
They could have hired Chuck Norris to play Brad Colbert, and had nuclear hand grenades and magazines that never run out of ammo. We could have added this whole bull**** subplot. But we didn't. This is a generation of guys who are ready to go kill for their country.
Truth is, other people don't know what we do. The military **** needs to go through me: it's my reputation at stake.
I got in some trouble when the book came out. They didn't like my comments. It's the senior guys who have issues. They call it airing our dirty laundry. Well, unless you air dirty laundry, you're not going to change anything.
Generation Kill gives an objective view of what happened without politics or agenda. It's the lives of these individuals and their road trip, and that's the main story. The war is just the backdrop.
War is generally 80% waiting around and 20% action, so that's a lot of downtime. We use humor to get through boredom and extreme stress - the humor is very creative because of the boredom and very raw because of the extreme nature of the job.
Every time I watch the episodes, it puts me back there. I re-live the things I've been through. Everything is so real - the dialogue, the characters.
You're dealing with the most anal-retentive mother------s on the planet. I'm telling you, that's the way we are. That's in our blood.
I'm trying to train these guys to carry themselves like recon Marines, and that's very hard to do. I tried to speak like I would as a Marine, which is to say 'f---' about every third word.
In 'Stop-Loss,' the whole platoon grew up in the same town, which never happens. Or in 'Jarhead,' which wasn't that bad, but at the end where everyone shoots up in the air . . . they throw so much fallacy into these movies that nobody believes them, and they lose the whole thread of the plot.
He was a solid guy. Really sharp, respected by his platoon. The problem is some people just aren't cut out for combat. Somehow he found himself in combat in a leadership position. - on Captain Dave McGraw.
I went into a house once and it kind of shocked me. It was after that guy, that PFC [private first class] raped that girl and burned the bodies. The sheik of the area came up and asked me please not to rape his daughters. I didn't know what to say. We'd been doing such good stuff. It was like, "Goddamn, this is what they think?"
My last tour was pretty rough. I spent a lot of time just south of Falluja. I lost quite a few guys.
I've been with him since the dawn of time; I was in Afghanistan with him, and he truly is one of a kind. You'll never find another Marine like him. ... Rudy won't fit in anywhere else but in the Recon community he fit in perfectly. In 10 years, he's never had bad day - he brings so much positive energy. - on fellow recon marine, Rudy Reyes.
I never talked to him over there except for the time I got relieved as a team leader. I made a policy never to talk to reporters because you get yourself in trouble. Many reporters have a subplot. After my first tour, when I got blown up, he was one of the first guys to come visit me. Now I love him. He really looks out for the Recon and the military. - on Evan Wright
There's a steep curve when you first arrive on the edge of the battle area, but you learn and improve. That's how you become a gunslinger. Nothing can prepare you for seeing one of your homeboys' legs get blown off, but the next time it is less intense.
The focus on actions and in-theater lives of grunt-level Marines and junior officers offers an authenticity and perspective seldom seen outside military circles, a prime reason for watching. - on Generation Kill
It's kind of numbing at this point. Every couple of weeks, I get another phone call that a friend was shot or wounded. It's not that you get used to it, you just get numb to it. - on hearing of the death of his team leader, Marine Sgt. Edgar Heredia.
I changed a lot, but I changed without her. It was my warrior mind-set. You're trained to ignore emotion, and when you ignore it for too long, you kind of lose it. And that doesn't work so well with marriage. Maybe I saw emotions as weakness . . . I also enjoyed being more with my team and platoon. That's who I lived with, that's who I knew. I felt more comfortable with them than my own wife . . . She came second. - on his marriage to Jamie Buffalari
We were a bunch of alpha males all jammed in a room together. Whatever weakness it was, we tested it. It was a form to kill our boredom, but it was also a way for alpha males to test each other.
People have a misconception of what post-traumatic stress is. I'm not having flashbacks and going crazy. Mainly, I just can't sleep" for more than three hours. I hear something, think of something, see something out of the corner of my eye, and I'm on high alert
I have a different perspective on how to handle things. Psycho's a little strong, but I bet most civilians might think that.
You're trying to fit in in a world where you no longer fit in. The military is the biggest fraternity in the world. But when you get out, you have all these physical and mental changes, and, all of a sudden, you're nobody.
It's easy to sell to the public, but if we could convince the Marines then we succeeded.
The evolution of the warrior is a curve: You're 18 and you kill your first guy. You're young and don't know s--t, then a few years later, you've killed more guys than Commando and you're now what every Marine wants to be: a warrior.

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