Clint Eastwood claims American Sniper is an 'anti-war' film

Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood has defended 'American Sniper', insisting it carries an "anti-war" message

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Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood thinks 'American Sniper' carries an "anti-war" message.

The 84-year-old film-maker helmed the controversial biographical war drama about Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in US military history, but has refuted accusations the movie glorifies war and killing.

Asked if his film gives a skewed idea of warfare, Clint said: "I think it's nice for veterans, because it shows what they go through, and that life - and the wives and families of veterans. It has a great indication of the stresses they are under.

"And I think that all adds up to kind of an anti-war [message]."

His remarks come shortly after Bradley Cooper - who plays the lead role in the movie - expressed surprise that the film had created such a storm.

The 40-year-old actor said "any discussion" about the "plight" of the nation's military should be welcomed.

He explained: "You never know when you make a movie if anybody's going to see it, so to have the audacity to think that it would cause any sort of effect at all would be pretty presumptuous.

"Any discussion that sheds light on the plight of the soldiers and the men and women in the armed services, for that discussion to occur is fantastic."

American Sniper

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 134 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Clint Eastwood
  • Cast: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jake McDorman
  • UK release: 16 January 2015

Eastwood, noted for his kinship with the common soldier, is the ideal director for this true-life drama based on the autobiography of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle (Cooper). Cooper continues to be impressive but the film unravels when it shows Kyle's home life, failing to engage with either marital or wider political issues.

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