The First Images of Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle in “American Sniper”
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I don’t know what Bradley Cooper’s stance on the military, guns or any other political issues are, but if he pulls off American Sniper in the way it looks like he wants to pull it off, I’ll have some respect for the guy.
If you haven’t heard, Cooper is producing and starring in American Sniper, which will be the story of Chris Kyle’s life and military career.
According to USA Today,
“Thank God I got to talk to him once on the phone,” says Cooper, who is a producer and plays Kyle in the film. “It was a very quick conversation. But I did tell him how serious I was about making this movie. And he should just know that whatever fears he had about Hollywood, to just put them aside and trust me. That I was going to do everything I could to tell this story.”
“I had to do right by him and his family, there was really no choice,” says Cooper. “You’re sitting across the dining-room table talking to this person’s father and mother. And his children and wife are there. And he’s passed away. Knowing that they are putting all of their stories in your hands and the responsibly of that, it’s actually unique.”
Cooper, 39, transformed himself to play the 38-year-old Kyle, putting on 40 pounds through a rigorous diet and workout regimen. He also trained with Navy SEALs who worked with Kyle, including Kevin “Dauber” Lacz, Kyle’s sniper partner during his last two tours. Lacz served as a technical adviser and portrays himself in the movie.
Kyle had over 160 confirmed kills and 255 claimed kills during his time as a Navy SEAL sniper. He was killed on a gun range by a disturbed individual while attempting to help another veteran.