Hollywood actor Gary Sinise, who regularly goes above and beyond to support the military, hit back at Howard Dean on Monday after the failed Democratic presidential candidate attacked “American Sniper” and the millions of people who are flocking to theaters to see it.
“There is a lot of anger in this country, and the people who go see this movie are people who are very angry,” Dean said recently.. “I bet you if you looked at a cross-section of the Tea Party and people who go see this movie, there’s a lot of intersection.”
Unable to bite his tongue, Sinise responded on Twitter:
To Howard Dean, I saw American Sniper and would not consider myself to be an angry person. You certainly have a rig… http://t.co/TrZSeBFcc1— Gary Sinise (@GarySinise) January 26, 2015
Read his full statement below:
To Howard Dean,
I saw American Sniper and would not consider myself to be an angry person. You certainly have a right to make stupid blanket statements, suggesting that all people who see this film are angry, but how is that helpful sir? Do you also suggest that everyone at Warner Brothers is angry because they released the film? That Clint Eastwood, Jason Hall, Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and the rest of the cast and crew are angry because they made the film? Chris Kyle’s story deserved to be told. It tells a story of the stress that multiple deployments have on one military family, a family representative of thousands of military families. It helps to communicate the toll that the war on terror has taken on our defenders. Defenders and families who need our support. I will admit that perhaps somewhere among the masses of people who are going to see the film there may be a few that might have some anger or have been angry at some point in their lives, but, with all due respect, what the hell are you talking about?
“American Sniper,” the movie based on legendary Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s autobiography, has already earned more than $200 million at the box office and it’s still dominating.
The film has also been nominated for six Academy Awards, including best picture and best actor for Bradley Cooper’s portrayal of Kyle.
Sinise started the Gary Sinise Foundation to “serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.” Learn more about the foundation here.