American Sniper star Bradley Cooper responded today to critics of his new film and how it portrays the Iraq War and Chris Kyle, a very controversial sniper who served there.
Cooper told NPR’s Terry Gross his intent was to create a “character study” about Kyle and his place in the Iraq War, not to get into the intricacies of American foreign policy and why the U.S. went to war in Iraq in the first place.
Cooper said if anyone has a problem with Kyle or certain things in the movie, they should take it up with the people who make the decisions about war.
He also bemoaned how no one is talking about veterans amid all this political sniping:
“The fact that it’s inciting a discussion that has nothing to do with vets, and it’s more about the Iraq War and what we did not do to indict those who decide to go to the war, every conversation in those terms is moving farther and farther away from what our soldiers go through, and the fact that 22 vets commit suicide each day, that, you know, the amount of people that come home is so much greater because of medical advancement and we need to take care of them.”
Listen to the audio below, via NPR:
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