Question: Please tell me you're kidding. You have never heard of R. Lee Ermey (Ask Ausiello 8/30)? Full Metal Jacket? Apocalypse Now? Toy Story? Saving Silverman? I'm disappointed in you.
Answer: Not as disappointed as I am in me.
Question: I need some House scoop!
Answer: Producers have cast House's parents — and they're two people I've never heard of! Diane Baker (A Mighty Wind, HBO's Unscripted) and R. Lee Ermey (Full Metal Jacket) have been tapped to play Blythe and John House. They'll turn up in the fifth episode.
No one gets in Hollywood's face like R. Lee Ermey. The former drill instructor and 11-year Marine Corps vet has made a nice second career for himself as the go-to actor to fill hard-edged military-man roles, including a much-lauded turn in Full Metal Jacket. For the past three seasons, he's been happily barking answers to viewer questions on Mail Call, the History Channel's combat technology show-and-tell series. "I get to drive tanks," Ermey says of the show that starts its fourth tour of duty on Jan. 11 (10 pm/ET). "I get to blow things up and shoot weapons." Fortunately, the only thing he's shooting today is the breeze with TV Guide.
TV Guide Online: What's the coolest thing you've blown up on Mail Call?R. Lee Ermey: Some old ammunition over in Iraq. We worked with the explosive boys, and they had a dummy in a flight suit in the bottom of a pit. Its head was a watermelon. They cut Saddam Hussein's face out of a picture, pasted it