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AP Exclusive: Rogen says ‘Sniper’ tweets ‘not meant to have any political implications’.

The outspoken satirist addressed the controversy surrounding the Clint Eastwood film American Sniper on Friday’s episode of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. Hollywood actors continue to fire Twitter salvos at each other over actor Seth Rogen’s controversial tweet about movie American Sniper, based on Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s experiences in Iraq.

The former US Navy Seal’s war record — 160 confirmed kills including 19 kills in a 24-hour period — is the subject of the Hollywood blockbuster that has grossed more than $128 million at the US box office.Chris Kyle, often described as the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, wrote in his autobiography that he prioritized his life in the following order: God, country, family. Such is the furore surrounding the tweet that he felt obliged to further clarify his comments with another tweet underlining that he has nothing against war veterans and was not comparing the movie to Nazi propaganda. And thoughtful,” Mr Maher said. “And this one is just ‘American hero, he’s a psychopath patriot and we love him.’” “I read some of the quotes from the real Chris Kyle … If you’re a Christian — I know this is a Christian country — ‘I hate the damn savages, I don’t give a f*ck what happens to them’ doesn’t seem like a Christian thing to say,” he argued.

But God doesn’t make a central appearance in the film “American Sniper,” which earned a record-breaking $105 million last weekend at the box office. It’s also proved divisive, with Hollywood stars like Seth Rogen and Michael Moore making colorful comments about the film (both have since apologized, claiming their statements were taken out of context), and critics being split on whether the film is jingoistic, anti-war, or both. Now Alec Baldwin has leapt to the defence of the Neighbors actor, after Dean Cain weighed in with a tweet claiming that he had no right to make the comment in the original tweet because he’d never fought in a war. Eastwood de-emphasizes training and non-Iraq sequences to grant breathing room to a handful of military operations, building a film around Kyle’s tense decisions to pull the trigger or grant mercy. Then we’ll talk.’ While critical reviews have been generally positive and the movie has been nominated for Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Actor, it has also drawn fire for being jingoistic or propaganda for the U.S. military.

Military History.” “My shots saved several Americans, whose lives were clearly worth more than that woman’s twisted soul,” he wrote. “I can stand before God with a clear conscience about doing my job. Filmmaker Michael Moore caused an online debate when he tweeted about how he was raised to believe snipers were ‘cowards’ since his uncle died by a Japanese sniper shot in World War II. Former Black Team sniper Howard Wasdin later commented that “you’ve got to be good” to take a man down from that distance, according to the New York Post. “There was a point I was arrogant enough to say you don’t need any luck. In 2013, Kyle was shot and killed at a Texas shooting range; Eddie Ray Routh, a fellow Iraq veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, was charged in Kyle’s death and is to stand trial in February. And invaders r worse.’ Moore later backtracked those comments on Facebook, writing that he thought the film was well made but could have done a better job at contextualizing the Iraq War.

Ron Paul, R-Texas, sparked a backlash after he tweeted a biblical reference: “he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.” Kyle was no straight-laced Christian. While Chris Kyle participated in “saddle bronco bustin’” from high school into college, his rodeo career ended when a bronco flipped and left him with pins in his wrists, broken ribs, and other injuries. Neither his brother nor an unfaithful girlfriend are mentioned in the book, but he did become a ranch hand to pay the bills after partying with rodeo groupies drained his income. During this time, he approached the recruitment office to enlist—not, as the movie suggests, because he witnessed American lives lost on the news, but because he had always intended to join the military following school. If I had to order my priorities, they would be God, Country, Family,” Kyle wrote. “There might be some debate on where those last two fall – these days I’ve come around to believe that Family may, under some circumstances, outrank Country.

Slate reported American Sniper “convinces viewers that Chris Kyle is what heroism looks like: a great guy who shoots a lot of people and doesn’t think twice about it”. In memoir and movie, Chris Kyle and Taya (Sienna Miller) begin their relationship not long after his SEAL training, and Eastwood’s film is painstakingly accurate to their real-life meet-cute—drunken vomiting and dodged calls included. I hope this clears things up.’ Rogen insisted on that occasion as well that he wasn’t comparing American Sniper with the parody vignette in Inglorious Basterds, but was saying that one reminded him of the other. Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorius Basterds culminates with an assassination attempt on Adolph Hitler at the premiere of a fictional propaganda film called ‘Stolz der Nation’ which translates to Nation’s Pride. Keith Bernstein / AP Photo Source: AP Actor Seth Rogen compared the film to a fictional Nazi propaganda movie from Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds. “American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie that’s showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds,” he wrote.

My dad was a deacon, and my mom taught Sunday school,” Kyle wrote. “I remember a stretch when I was young when we would go to church every Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday evening. At the end of the film, Taya speaks with Kyle the day he travels to the shooting range with Routh, letting him know how grateful she is that he’s returned. In the article, the author declares “Hollywood helps Americans feel good about being part of an empire that kills other peoples at will.” The articles states Zero Dark Thirty — the movie about the assassination of Osama bin Laden — was “a validation of torture” and Argo — the Ben Affleck-directed film about the escape of six US hostages in Iran — was a timely release given the Obama administration was making its most serious case for war against Iran. Kid Rock was one of the first stars to wade in on the debate stirred up by Rogen and Moore, tweeting: ‘: ‘F— you Michael Moore, you’re a piece of s— and your uncle would be ashamed of you. Film and memoir begin with near-identical opening sequences: Kyle sees a woman and a few children on the otherwise-empty street of an Iraqi town through his sniper scope.

In his writing, Kyle calls the woman “evil” and reveals that many people, including himself, referred to Iraqis as “savages.” Another anecdote in the movie is completely invented. However, when Kyle inspects the house more carefully, he finds WMDs hidden beneath the floorboards, and outs the family as pro-insurgency, beginning a firefight. Moviegoers will remember Marc Lee (Luke Grimes) as the man who became disillusioned with combat and argued with Kyle shortly before his death in the field. Kyle believes this lack of faith in the war caused his death; Taya disagrees and they debate that point, focusing on a letter Lee wrote his mother, at the memorial service. In truth, these three milestones—defeating his sniper adversary, avenging Biggles, and achieving his longest successful shot—did not align in one moment.

Mustafa existed but only merits this brief mention in Kyle’s memoir: While we were on the berm watching the city, we were also watching warily for an Iraqi sniper known as Mustafa. No $180,000 bounty was placed on his head or posters circulated bearing illustrations of his tattoos, as in the film—instead, $20,000 to $80,000 was the reward for killing any American sniper. This horrible anecdote is absent from Kyle’s memoir, and “The Butcher” is not mentioned at all, though some suggest his origins lie in real-life Shia warlord Abu Deraa. “The Butcher” and Mustafa’s roles seem exaggerated primarily to heighten Chris Kyle’s sense of purpose in combat: Every kill becomes justified when the murdered possess supernatural evil.

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