Photo: by Keith Bernstein, Warner Bros. Pictures
** UPDATE #2 **
A recent USA Today article provides us with some intel background on this highly anticipated Dec. 25 movie release. We already knew that the film’s star, Bradley Cooper, gained 40 pounds to play The Legend–U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. What we didn’t know until now is that Cooper had one–only one–conversation with Kyle prior to making the film and before Chris was murdered at a Texas shooting range in February of last year:
“Thank God I got to talk to him once on the phone,” says Cooper, who is a producer and plays Kyle in the film. “It was a very quick conversation. But I did tell him how serious I was about making this movie. And he should just know that whatever fears he had about Hollywood, to just put them aside and trust me. That I was going to do everything I could to tell this story.”
Anyone concerned about Hollywood tainting the real-life story of Chris Kyle or our U.S. military should rest assured knowing that Cooper and director Clint Eastwood will get it right in “American Sniper”:
Cooper felt like he was on a mission to complete the vow for the sake of Kyle, his family and all veterans.
“I had to do right by him and his family, there was really no choice,” says Cooper. “You’re sitting across the dining-room table talking to this person’s father and mother. And his children and wife are there. And he’s passed away. Knowing that they are putting all of their stories in your hands and the responsibly of that, it’s actually unique.”
You can read the entire USA Today article here.
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Bradley Cooper (Left) plays the late U.S. Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle (Right)
** UPDATE #1 **
Trailer for the “American Sniper” movie coming out on Christmas Day has just been released. Wow. Keep your head down and take a look for yourself….
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It’s been announced that the movie version of the book “American Sniper” by the late U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, has been set for release in limited theaters on Christmas Day of this year. The move by the studio appears to be an attempt to get the movie into consideration for 2014 award nominations. “American Sniper” will be widely released to U.S. theaters on January 16, 2015.
Two-time Oscar winner Clint Eastwood (“Unforgiven”, 1992 and “Million Dollar Baby”, 2004) will direct “American Sniper”, which is based off the bestselling autobiography by Kyle–the most lethal sniper in American history–and his 4 tours of duty in Iraq.
Chris Kyle will be played by Bradley Cooper (Academy Award nominated for “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle”). Sienna Miller will portray Kyle’s wife, Taya Renae Kyle in the movie.
Cooper with the 84-year old director, Clint Eastwood, on the movie set.
It’s apparent that Bradley Cooper is taking his SEAL role serious–bulking up for the film.
Kyle was shot and killed at a shooting range on February 2, 2013, in Texas. You can purchase the book “American Sniper” at Amazon.com here – along with his other novel, “American Gun: A History of the U.S. in 10 Firearms”.
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