​Eastwood American Sniper Anti-War: Clint Says Film Shows War Impact On Families

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Mar, 17, 2015 | 1:03 PM

Clint Eastwood considers American Sniper to be an anti-war film, even though it has caused some controversy over how it depicts the Iraq War. Eastwood attended the Producers Guild Award Nominees Breakfast on Saturday, according to The Guardian. The legendary actor/director said the movie shows what war does to the family and the people who have to go back into civilian life.

“One of my favorite war movies that I’ve been involved with is ‘Letters from Iwo Jima … And that was about family, about being taken away from life, being sent someplace. In World War II, everybody just sort of went home and got over it. Now there is some effort to help people through it. In Chris Kyle’s case no good deed went unpunished.”

In Feb. 2013, Kyle was murdered at a gun range by a fellow vet, who was likely suffering from PTSD.

Eastwood said his American Sniper anti-war message backed up his previously claimed that he was against invading Iraq, as he “figured we would probably trip over ourselves in some way.”

As for Afghanistan, Eastwood had much to say, according to Den Of Geek.

“Did anybody ever study the history of Afghanistan, not only with the British, but the Russians? There was a Russian general named Vivikov, who was the commander for 10 years there, and I thought, ‘Did anybody ever…?’ So I called a friend of mine who was over there for many years and knew this general. I said, ‘Did anybody from our government ever go and research it like you would a movie? You know, can we film here?’ And they said, ‘No, they never did.'”

Clint Eastwood explained that although Vivikov is deceased now, he didn’t understand why any logical person didn’t go out and do a little research and ask, ‘How would you do this, Mr. Vivikov? What did you do wrong? And what are we doing wrong? Give us at least a hint.’

While Eastwood’s American Sniper anti-war film did great at the box office, some critics didn’t like it, notes Digital Spy. Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone, who’s been to Iraq, called the movie a “simple, well-lit little fairy tale with the nutritional value of a fortune cookie” and “almost too dumb to criticize,” while the Wall Street Journal calls it a “fine, lean film that celebrates patriotism and courage.” The movie broke records on its opening weekend by having the best January weekend on record, bringing in over $90 million.

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