When the Clint Eastwood-directed Iraq War biopic "American Sniper" started breaking records left and right soon after its release this past December, everyone from Seth Rogen to Michael Moore to those guys on Fox News had something to say about it. Some criticized the film for its jingoism and harsh portrayal of Iraqis, while others thought it was un-American to criticize anything about the film, or its lead subject, the "most lethal sniper in U.S. military history" Chris Kyle.
"American Sniper" star Bradley Cooper, however, stayed pretty mum until he was given a chance to address the issue head-on at the annual Oscar nominee luncheon on Monday (February 2), where he said that he was just thrilled that his nominated film had an impact on people.
"You never know when you make a movie if anybody's going to see it, so to have the audacity to think that it would cause any sort of effect at all would be pretty presumptuous," he told reporters at the event's press conference.
Cooper also said that any discussion about the difficulties that men like Kyle -- who suffered from post traumatic stress disorder before being killed by a 25-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran, who was afflicted with PTD as well -- face after war is a good thing.
"Any discussion that sheds light to the plight of the soldiers and the men and women in the armed services, for that discussion to occur is fantastic," Cooper concluded.
"American Sniper" is currently playing in theaters nationwide.