With an Oscar nomination as a tailwind, the Clint Eastwood-directed “American Sniper” is crushing the competition at the box office in its opening weekend, proving the country’s fascination with genuine American heroes hasn’t faded.
By the end of its first Friday in wide release, the “Best Picture” nominee had racked up a $30.5 million box office and was on its way to an overall weekend take of potentially $100 million, according to Forbes.
And even as the financial impact of the film becomes clear, the message of the movie, the story of Navy SEAL sniper Christ Kyle becomes even clearer, his father told Sean Hannity Friday:
Kyle didn’t count the lives he took in his job as a specialized warrior. He counted the lives he saved — of his comrades and innocent civilians.
Kyle’s father, Wayne Kyle, appeared on a special edition of Fox News Channel’s “The Hannity Show” Friday to commemorate the premier of “American Sniper,” a film based upon the book of the same name, describing the life of his son, the most lethal sniper in U.S. history.
“He would really like to know how many lives he’d saved rather than how many lives he took,” Wayne Kyle told program host Sean Hannity. “It’s an unknow number.”
On a humorous note, Kyle told Clint Eastwood, the film’s director, and Bradley Cooper, who portrayed his son, “If you do anything to dishonor my son, I’ll unleash hell on you.”
At last report both men are doing fine, and so is the film.
Watch the interview below:
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