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In , actor Bradley Cooper called up former Chief Special Warfare Operator ( SEAL) Chris Kyle to discuss the movie he was developing. I believe that they did, in his capacity as a producer of the film. It took him signing up to get it greenlit. Read this - Chris Kyle's Widow Reveals. Bradley Cooper stars as Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in American Sniper. the last time I'd ever get to talk to him, and that I'd never get to meet him.
I had this huge document that I put on my iPhone and my iPad and I just had it on constantly. I had earbuds on that whole time, just listening to his voice, repeating what he would say. Singing Robert Earl Keen songs. It's a very specific accent that has a lot of inconsistencies.
It's almost like learning a language. Did you stay in character throughout filming? It wasn't anything conscious. I wouldn't say I stayed in character — he was inside me the whole time and I was in his voice the whole time. But if you said, "Bradley," I would have turned around. Was it taxing to get into his skin? It was physically demanding and emotionally, it's so foreign in a lot of ways. What he sounds like, how he moves. It was utterly inspiring and ultimately liberating, and I felt a sense of ease and joy and purpose making it.
Did you have any reservations about playing a controversial figure? Despite what maybe people have said about him, if you watch what I've watched — very humble guy. And whenever people would talk about the number, he doesn't really think about that. He wished they'd record how many lives saved as opposed to killed.
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He didn't understand why you would mark it up as confirmed kills instead of lives saved. I never felt like I was playing anybody other than someone I admired.
The whole thing about "The Legend" was a joke at first. And then it became a thing these guys put on because they knew he would hate it.
You seem very conflicted in some scenes. Was that a conscious decision? It's for the audience to decide whether he's conflicted about what he's doing. He certainly says, at the end of the movie when he's talking to the psychologist, the only thing that bothers him are the lives he couldn't save. I tend to not even comment on it, because that's the beauty of making a movie, is that it's for the audience to decide what's going on in his head.
Taya Kyle told Military Times that she felt like she was watching her husband on screen, not you. How does it feel to hear that? It's the best possible thing I could hear. What we wanted to do, as filmmakers, is make a movie that people can relate to if they're soldiers, and if they aren't, see it a way that they never did before.
And see what soldiers are like in today's world, as opposed to what movies are like in Vietnam. A lot of movies have been more about the idea of the unit, like "Jarhead" or "Black Hawk Down. This character happens to be a real man. This is a movie that's going to live with [their] children, his parents, forever. I felt a massive responsibility to do right by them. The fact that they feel that way means the world to me. Did you take any artistic liberties with the story?
Of course, but at the same time, when you're telling a story, you have to make changes to serve the story and the character. We changed chronology and took liberties because it's a story, it's a movie.
Bradley Cooper on portraying famed Navy SEAL Chris Kyle
And to me that's a really beautiful thing. On the universal nature of Chris' story Taya Kyle: These soldiers, they don't ask or have any decision-making power on where they go.
They just say they'll sign up to serve their country and do whatever they're asked and then they go where the country decides they go. And I think that's a universal story from all wars, you know. You sign up to serve. On overhearing a firefight Chris was in in Iraq after she called him to tell him they were having a son, an incident that's depicted in the film Taya Kyle: It's just one of those things, where, you know, you have to get your head around the fact that it's gonna happen.
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You know, I knew he was in firefights every single day. And so I had to kinda talk myself down from "OK, I just heard it on the phone;" but talk yourself down and say, "OK, I may not hear from him right away.
Hopefully I'll hear from him soon.
There's always gunfire — they're in it every day. And of course, he had no idea that the phone was still active. I think in some ways anybody who is any kind of struggle in life, they can have a choice.
They can get stronger or they can get weaker from it, and I guess my choice was to get stronger and just know that until I got a knock at the door, I would never believe that he was gone. You know, I'd just have faith that he was alive and he was okay. On what it was like to play Chris in the film Bradley Cooper: Nothing short of life-changing, actually. It's just not about me or Clint [Eastwood, who directed the film], or anybody else.
And it's also, you know, not about sort of using your imagination as much just to create something out of nothing. I mean, there's all this source material.