Demi Moore and the cast of G. I. Jane
Stories from Demi Moore’s time on the set of G. I. Jane are just as rattling as what we see in the film, which confronts sexism and harassment in the American armed forces. This was actually a point of pride for the members of production, according to the film's press notes. “We took a very aggressive stance in the training program,” said military technical advisor Harry Humphries. “We tried to show the harassment of the Special Forces training and the skills, including weapons handling, that are taught in that training. We encapsulated a 17-week course into two weeks, so those actors were harassed to hell.”
The boot camp program took place at Camp Blanding, a National Guard establishment in Florida. Included in the regimen, per the website’s reports, were 400-yard swims -- 30 of said yards completed underwater -- as well as hundreds of sit-ups, push-ups, and squat-ups. All this on top of actor Morris Chestnut’s affirmation that the cast was “running 30 miles in 100-degree weather.”
Moore is at the center of these conversations, not only by virtue of being G. I. Jane’s star, but for submitting herself to every regiment. The actress even eschewed a stunt double for her character’s completion of a genuine Navy SEAL obstacle course, across which she’d find herself getting “beaten up and kicked around and almost drown[ing],” said producer Roger Birnbaum.