Eastwood quiets critics: ‘American Sniper’ makes ‘biggest antiwar statement’

One of the main criticisms of the film “American Sniper” from those who dislike it is that it promotes war — but movie director Clint Eastwood disagrees.

“The biggest anti-war statement of any film,” is showing “the fact of what [war] does to the family and the people who have to go back into civilian life like Chris Kyle did,” Eastwood said Saturday at the Producers Guild Award Nominees Breakfast at The Saban Theater in Beverly Hills.

Eastwood went on to highlight the differences in how soldiers are treated today as opposed to decades ago, Yahoo News reported.

Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood. Photo credit AP via The Hollywood Reporter.

“One of my favorite war movies that I’ve been involved with is ‘Letters from Iwo Jima,’” Eastwood said. “In World War II, everybody just sort of went home and got over it. Now there is some effort to help people through it. In Chris Kyle’s case, no good deed went unpunished.”

Eastwood said that after he cast Bradley Cooper as the lead, he and Cooper went to meet the family of Chris Kyle, the famed sniper who is the subject of the film, to help them decide on who would play them in the movie.

“I thought I’d better meet the rest of the family and see what they looked like and that would probably dictate the casting and to see what Mrs. Kyle was like,” Eastwood said.

“I went down there and met the mother and father and their grandkids. It was of great value to [Cooper] because he could get into the history of the family and their feelings about the whole situation. It was a very pleasant experience from beginning to end.”

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