Actor Bradley Cooper just received two of the most important reviews for his portrayal of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in “American Sniper” — the ones from Kyle’s parents and widow.
Wayne Kyle told Sean Hannity on Friday that Cooper did an “outstanding job” portraying his late son in the film and it was clear he “put his heart and soul” into the role. Kyle also said Cooper spent about four months studying the legendary Navy SEAL sniper.
“I called [Cooper] right after we saw the movie and told him how we felt about it and thanked him for what he had done,” Kyle added. “We feel like Bradley did an outstanding job.”
He added, “It’s bittersweet because we are happy and glad that people still are aware of Chris and see the man that he was and still is to us, but yet it hurts that, you know, there’s always that constant reminder. … That pain will probably never go away.”
Kyle’s father previously met with both Eastwood and Cooper and warned them he would “unleash hell” if they did anything to dishonor his son.
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Kyle’s widow, Taya, also appeared on “Hannity” Friday night to reflect on the movie, telling the host that the crew behind “American Sniper” did a “phenomenal job” telling her husband’s story. Taya Kyle was played by actress Sienna Miller in the film.
“Even the words are probably accurate over a long period of time,” she said. “And then Bradley and Sienna just both did a phenomenal job as far as dialect and mannerisms and heart and soul — it could not be more spot on.”
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Finally, “Lone Survivor” author and Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, whose harrowing story was also made into a Hollywood production, also had high praise for Cooper’s portrayal of his fellow SEAL.
“I think it portrayed Chris — I think it captured his spirit the best that it could. I think Bradley [Cooper] did a fantastic job. I think he worked hard, I mean you saw how he bulked up.”
Luttrell said the most important thing is that Kyle’s family approves of the movie and he feels people shouldn’t really care what he thinks.
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