“I’d Unleash Hell”: American Sniper Chris Kyle’s Dad Put Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper in Their Place Before Filming
Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in American history, led a life that was legendary and incredible, to say the least — so it isn’t entirely surprising that Hollywood came calling. But given how Hollywood tends to be an anti-military liberal machine, his dad was understandably concerned, and so he gave them a warning of what would happen if they disrespected his son’s memory.
Director Clint Eastwood and actor Bradley Cooper went to Hamilton, Texas, to meet with Wayne Kyle before production began of the movie American Sniper. What they got was a friendly Texas welcome – but also a firm warning.
… I told them I would unleash hell on them if they did anything to disrespect my son.
I liked them both. The fact that they came to Texas to meet with me showed they were serious about what they were going to do.
I liked Mr. Cooper. He was very respectful and honest and so was Mr. Eastwood.
Of course I know the story that is going to be told, but even so it will be difficult to watch. My main concern has always been that the film will disrespect his honor and all that he did while was serving in Iraq.
The film covers Kyle’s service in Iraq when he killed over 250 of the enemy. The Pentagon has confirmed 160 of his kills and the remainder were listed as ‘probable,’ due to impossibility of complete confirmation as a result of combat conditions. He was discharged in 2009 after being shot three times and injured in six IED bomb attacks.
Chris Kyle is a hero, and he should be treated with respect and reverence in this film. Hopefully, his legacy is in good hands, and the film will pay tribute to his amazing life and incredible sacrifice, without inserting Hollywood politics into it.