"We went to the Philippines in 1984. I turned down Hamlet with Kevin Kline at the Public Theatre (in New York), and as soon as I turned it down, the film was postponed because of a revolution. We got to a revolution-torn Manila. 13 year olds were walking around with Ak-47s in the street and we started shooting two weeks later. It was all the way live. It was intense." Platoon actor John C. McGinley recalls the frightening irony of arriving in the chaotic capital in order to film Oliver Stone's classic Vietnam War movie.