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callum in for megyn kelly. welcome to "hannity." it's a brand new movie everybody's talking about. now it'see >> welcome to handity. it is a brands new movie everybody is talking about. now it's been nominated for six oscars. tonight for the hour we'll be focusing on the life of chris kyle and the blockbuster movie about his life, american sniper". >> do you ever think that you might have seen things or done some things over there that you wish you hadn't? >> oh, that's not me, no. >> what's not you? >> i'm just protecting my gichls they were trying to kill our soldiers and i'm willing to meet my creator and ask for every shot that i took. >> american sniper" the
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blockbuster hollywood hit details the life navy seal chris kyle, the most lethal sniper in u.s. military history. >> office green life. your call. over. >> having accumulated 160 confirmed kills. tonight you'll hear from chris kyle's father inn eight an emotional interview you will only see right here on hannity. >> he volunteered. he wanted to do this. i knew he was doing something that he loved to do. >> plus tonight you will hear from chris kyle's widow, and what she thinks about this hollywood hit film. >> they did such good job making it so authentic that i -- i got to relive some of it which is beautiful. and wonderful, and painful. >> our one hour special on the life of one of our greatest american heros starts right now. >> the movie american sniper" focuses on the life and legacy of one true great american hero.
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joining me now are some of the people that knew chris kyle. the author of loan survivor, former u.s. navy seal, and form u.s. navy seals parnel and redmond. marcus, good to see you. you had a good movie. i loved yours as well. wish you got an oscar. this got six nods. thanks for being with us. >> absolutely. >> how well did you know him? >> we came up together from the teams, basic training all the way through our whole careers to the time they retired us and into texas. >> i loved your movie. it was fantastic. he has more confirmed kills than any soldier in u.s. history. did he ever talk to you about it? >> in a sense. relatively, i guess is the best way to put it. it's not something we sit around and we talk about, the number we have down or what happened.
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i'm sure there were some times that things go down that bothered us and you just want to get it off your chest. sure, in a happened all the time. skooup -- not all the time. but every now and again. for the most part, it's one of those deals where you put it in the back of your head and push forward. >> do you feel, because i loved the movies, as you know, lone survivor. i loved this movie, too i assume you saw the movie by now. do you think it accurately portrays chris? do you think it captured who he was. >> i went and saw it. i came up to new york for the red carpet deal. mel and i came over there to watch it. i do. i think it portrayed chris. i think it captured his spirit the best that it could have been. i think bradley did a fantastic job. i think he worked hard. i mean you saw how he bulked up. and same with taya. sienna did a great job with taya. i think the most important thing
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is if the family signed off on it. care less what i think. but for the most part i think they did a great job with it. >> shawn wouldary going to talk with chris's wife taya and wayne, chris's dad later. shawn, tell us what you knew about chris, your relationship, and what you thought of the film and how you think it portrays him. to have more confirmed kills than any soldier in history and saving lives in the process, the movie captures that. >> i had the honor and privilege of meeting chris in 2012 when american sniper" came out. i met him at a boot campaign charity shooting event. we both knelt like we knew each other for a long time and we hit it off. he was an incredible guy. american sniper" i think the important thing for americans to realize and recognize, it captures the totality of war and not just life on the battlefield for our troops. for the most part our journey truly begins when we start
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coming home. and i think american sniper" captures that. more important, i think number one watching the show tonight should seek to make this movie number one in the country because it's going to educate future americans on what it's like to be in iraq and afghanistan. and more importantly it's going to show americans the true heros that fought there. chris kyle is definitely one of those people. >> lone survivor i think did the same thing marcus, i felt, for you. let me go to you jason. how well did you know him? what do you think? does this really cam tooupture life for the people out on the front lines fighting these wars for us every day? >> absolutely. i think it's essential that movies like this get out there. i think the american people sometimes have a misconstrued view of what happens on the ballot field. i think also sometimes they paint or warriors as these guys that all they didid the thirst to go into battle. american sniper" shows the person chris was. he was an amazing sniper
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warrior. he was also an incredible father and teammate to all of us. i think the american people need to see that these are the warriors going out there defending the freedom of this country. they are doing it not only for their country. bigger than that, they are doing it for their families and they are doing it for their fellow american citizens. >> marcus, when i talked to wayne, chris's dad -- andest he's coming up in the next segment, and his wife is coming up. -- he actually sat down with bradley cooper and clint eastwood and said if you dishon honor my son i will open up the gates of hell against you i ask you because -- >> that sounds about right. >> i guess you know wayne then. i loved his dad. i honestly think the world of him. when you had to go through -- you went through the process -- i actually saw behind the scenes where you were working with mark wahlberg. you were on the set of lone survivor. were you feeling the same way, that you had to honor those people that died?
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you were the only guy to come back from that mission? did you feel that same sense of responsibility? >> absolutely. i mean you've got to understand, 19 of my teammates died. and 19 families. and we had to make sure that when "lone is your vooifrs vifr" was made didn't matter what i thought, it was whether or not the families gave their blessing, that pete did a good job, and mark and ben and all those guys pulled through to bring and capture the life of each one of those guys who died. and that's i guess the society difference between lone survivor and american sniper is it is about chris it is about his family life. which that obviously wasn't portrayed in lone survivor. you go watch lone survivor, it's a pure -- i mean, it's war. it's on the battlefields. people dying. chris's movie american sniper" i mean it gets into the stuff that jason talked about, the
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family part of it. i wasn't married and mikey, he was engaged. and matt, you know, he was married, but that's part of our world that nobody gets into. i mean we really don't talk about it. and american sniper" brings that out and gives you a snapshot of what it's like to be married to a team guy, to go through war. and i think that they did a great job of capturing that part of it. >> jason what about hollywood for a minute here? i was a little ticked off when lone survivor -- i think they deserved nods. they didn't get it. but we got six nominations here. do you think maybe hollywood is waking up to the fact that american people -- there is a market and an appetite for real life heroism -- that's what this is, it's batman, superman spiderman, but americans also want to hear the true stories of real americans who protected their freedoms. >> yeah. i mean, that's an essential lemtd of what built this country into what it is. unfortunately, i think there is some on the left that want to
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paint our warriors as war mongers. i think they have these ideas that our commandos and some of our military members sit in a dark room at night sharpening a knife praying for war. that's just not the case. these guys are heros because they are willing to step up and stands for something they believe in. that's what chris was willing do do. marcus, shawn, myself. every veteran that's out there. that's true heroism going out there and having the courage to face something. >> when you go home -- i'm going to ask taya later. is it that hard -- in other words you are in a war zone. you theg go home. is there a switch you get to flip? i don't think so. i would think that's hard -- you know, here he is having to make life and death decisions and maybe killing kids and women that are about to kill or hurt his troops. is it that hard as they depict it in the film? >> you know war is is a horrible thing. you know? but i do think that most of us have the ability to come
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partmentalize in those moments. you were focused on the mission. bigger than that, you are focused on the guys around you. you make those decisions to accomplish those two things, the mission and protect your men. and you know, every mission that i was on, we took out people that deserved to be taken out. they were people that were evil people that would be glad to do harm to americans. when you come home -- you know i won't say that you can't put it in a fwoks and just lock it away. but you do your best to manage it knowing that you were doing it for the right reason and doing it for the right people. >> shawn we'll give you the last word here. >> yeah, i totally agree. when i was in afghanistan i was a regular infantry man. our job was to close with and destroyed the enemy every day day in and day out we did that held our ground and killed 350 bad guys. i don't regret a day of that. the journey for me started when we came home and when i came home. my men struggle every single day
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and i know that marcus and jay understand that. but it's a fight that's worth fighting and we are glad to bear that burden on behalf of america. >> guys, appreciate your time. thank you for what you've done for your country. the movie is phenomenal, you are going to be on the edge of your seat the whole time. refresh it guys. coming up next, tonight on the special edition of hannity. >> i'm here to tell you that you never get over it. you learn to live with it. and that's what we're struggling to do right now is just trying to learn to live with it. >> my emotional interviews with both chris's father, wayne who you saw right there, and his wife, taya right after the break. straight ahead. what makes it an suv is what you can get into it. ♪ [container door closing] what makes it an nx is what you can get out of it. ♪ introducing the first-ever lexus nx turbo and hybrid. once you go beyond utility there's no going back.
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>> >> chief chris kyle? >> yes, sir. >> my name is mads. we met in pa luja. you saved my life. >> i did?
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>> yes, sir. we were stuck in a house until you came in with first that reens. you were the one twhaun carried me out. >> that's a clip from the film american sniper based on the life of the most lethal sniper in american history chris kyle. i spoke with his father to talk about the movie and his son's legacy. >> thank you for being on the program, sir. >> thank you, sean. i appreciate it. >> you know, first thing i've said to you, i saw the movie american sniper ""i would urge everyone to see it. i knew the story of chris ahead of time. i send my condolences, my thoughts. how many american soldiers' lives were saved because of your son? it's probably incall cue labl, right? >> i think so. and that was one of the things that really bothered chris was that he wanted to -- he would really like to know how many
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lives he saved rather than how many he lives he took. >> yeah. >> it's just -- it's an >> it's an amazing -- what i really liked about the movie is that it literally brings you into a situation -- the movie opens up -- and i won't give away the plot in in any way where your son -- and this was a true story -- fs there is a muslim woman and there is a young child. the you woman takes something out of her clothing hands it to the son. and your son, who is way far away, has to determine whether or not that's a bomb that they are about to use on american soldiers. i won't tell the outcome of it. but that's a true story, isn't it? >> yes, sir, it sure is. yes. >> and you have grandkids. he had his own kids, right? >> yes. yes. he has a son and a daughter. he had both of them. he may have onlile had his son at that time. >> yeah. that was the type of decision --
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that was what he was asked to do every day. when you would talk to him about the things that he did how did you react as a dad knowing the situation and the moral quandries and dilemmas that he had to deal with? how would you react to that? >> well, things like that really didn't bother me because i knew chris was doing a job. and he -- he volunteered. that's one thing about our military today. it's all voluntary. and he colonel volunteered. he wanted to do this. and i knew he was doing something that he loved to do. >> yeah. >> and he would put his fellow warriors, you know ahead of everything else and save their lives and not worry about the lives that he had to take. >> you met with clint eastwood and bradley cooper before the making of this movie. >> yes. >> and i got a chuckle.
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you actually told them if they dishonored your son -- i'll let you say it in your own words. >> well i told them -- i looked both of them in the eye. and i said if you do anything to dishonor my son, i'll enleash hell on you. >> i came away being thankful and appreciative that there are people like your son in this world that protect our freedoms every day. what did you think about the movie? >> first of all, mom and dad are probably the worst crit knicksics in the world. but i think both debby and i feel that bradley cooper did an outstanding job. he put his heart and soul into it in trying to learn chris's mannerisms, his speaking. i think he spent about four months constantly studying. and you can't learn something in
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four months that it took chris 38 years to perfect. and he had asked me ahead of time -- or i guess he said that he felt like the movie would be successful if debby and i could look at the screen and see chris there. and i told him ahead of time. i said bradley, that's not going to happen. but that doesn't make you a failure. and i called him right after we saw the movie and told him how we felt about it and thanked him for what he had done. and there were several times of the way chris or that he would look we could see chris you know, in his mannerisms and everything. >> that's amazing. you know -- >> we we feel like bradley did an outstanding job. >> you know wayne, i said this to you privately. i'll say it publicly. i can't imagine -- you know
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your son had more confirmed kills than any other you know, person in our military in history. is a he true hero. he saved likely thousands and thousands of fellow soldiers' lives. i can't imagine the pain that you and your wife have gone through. he is a true inspiration to me a real life modern day american hero. the movie for me captured that about your son in every way. and i am so sorry for your loss. >> thank you sean. i appreciate that. from both myself and my wife. and it's been a struggle. it's kinds of bitter sweet because we're happy and glad that people still are aware of chris and see the man that he was and still is to us. but yet, it hurts that, you know there's always that constant reminder.
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we have reminders in our house but when you turn tv on or you go out in public, there's always that reminder. and that pain will probably never go away. it's not -- i had a gentleman tell me just a few days after chris was killed. he said i'm here to tell you that you never get over it. you learn to live with it. and that's what we're struggling to do right now is just trying to learn to live with it. we have another son, and his family that, you know, we enjoy being with and take pride in them as well. >> wayne, i can see where your son chris got his strength from. he got it from you and his mom. thank you, sir, for being with us. and your son is a real tribute to what courage and heroism is. thank you for being with us. we really appreciate your time. >> thank you, sean, i appreciate you. >> thank you sir. coming up chris kyle's wife
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>> you did your part. you sacrificed enough. you let somebody else go. >> let somebody else go? >> yeah. >> well i couldn't live with myself. >> you finds a way. you have to. okay, i need you to be human again. i need you here. >> welcome back to the special edition of hannity. that was a clip from american sniper" chris kyle's wife taya spent a lot of time with bradley cooper and sienna miller to help them prepare for their roles in this movie and gave them access to her personal home videos of chris. joins us for more. taya, thanks for being with us. i appreciate it. i guess if i was going to be
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portrayed in a movie, bradley cooper is pretty good and sienna miller as well. there is a positive side to this. how do you think they captured your relationship? was in a a real clip? >> i think they did a phenomenal job honestly. and taking a person's life and putting it into two hours you have to condense some things and portray some things with the right sentiment and maybe not the exact verbiage. but honestly even the words are probably accurate over a long period of time if you condensed it. certainly, it gets the sentiment right. and then bradley and sienna both just did a phenomenal job as far as dialect and mannerisms and the heart and soul. it could not be more spot on. >> honestly, and i know that chris's dad wasn't as happy as you are with the film. let's talk about life at home. because he had all of these deploitments, more confirmed kills than any other u.s. soldiers. an amazing accomplishment. and each one of those saves
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people's lives. when he came home, did he talk about what happened? did he say i had to make this this choice, killing a kid, killing a woman? did he ever tell you about it? >> yeah he told me about his experiences, but they were in clips, and it was during certain times it could be just a drive down the freeway. or a lot of times it was when we were with friends or somebody else and he would just let it guard down a little bit in time. but a lot of the reason that he didn't share things as they were happening with me is he didn't want to scare me and he knew he would be going back. as much as i would tell him that my imagination is pretty powerful and you know, i watched the news and the skpunch i'm not naive to what would happen over there, he felt pretty strongly that there was a time and a place to let me in on more. that happened as the days went by. and after he got out we talked about it more. but his protective nature is not something he can pull back and that's part of it, him not wanting to scare me. >> that was a real clip inasmuch
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as what did he have four deployments, after those deployments he wants to go back because in his mind he is thinking i have got more guys i have got to save because he knows the danger they are in and he knows he saved their lives? was that real? >> oh, absolute. and part of the beauty of chris is that he wouldn't say those things to me. like honey i'm saving lives over there, i'm making a huge difference although i would hear those stories from other people. and you know i know that's what he's doing and i would learn more over time. but you know when it got to the point where it was time, it wasn't just me saying it's time because i need you. yes, that was absolutely a big part of it. the other part of it i was watching his blood pressure go through the roof his body take a beating, his soul you know, taking a hit. and really, they don't typically deploy people back to back to back for ten years like they did with chris.
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ooesh usually you would have a shore duty innent between, time to decompress or have the family, time together. with him, i think the kbakt exact words were needs of the navy. and that's not the people he served directly with but people right outside of that like a master chief who is making decisions and hasn't been combat who felt like he needed chris there. and even after he got out there was always the bitter sweet part of it. the part that he did let his team down in not continuing to be on the battlefield regardless of the cost. >> it is amazing to hear he felt like he didn't do enough. i want to talk about the hard part of this. explain when he finally decided i'm going to stay home. i've got my wife. i've got my kids. he struggled a little bit. at least according to the deikt picks in the film. and he found an outlet for this. and that leads us to a really heart wrenching sad ending.
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talk about that in your own words and the lead up to that. >> you know, it's' really interesting thing. and chris was a very intelligent person even though he never liked me to say that to people. but you know, he did go through a hard time. and i think it took us both by surprise. he knew he would have a hard time getting out. but to the level that it was difficult was surprising to me. but what we learned and what i heard him say later on, you know, toward the end of his life was -- he would tell people i'm never going to tell somebody to get out of the military. but i will tell them if they choose to and if they need to they will find more joy and contentment in their family than they ever imagined. i feel like that's a powerful statement and it encourages people to know that there is more to life than just what they have there. and i want to be very clear that i'm not shaig saying they shouldn't serve and chris wasn't saying that. just if they needed to
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comforting them ifn that it's okay. there will be life after this. but i think everybody goes through a year or two of a really difficult time transition transitioning back to the lack of the brotherhood, the lack of having people who would die for you in your workplace every day. it is a huge transition. >> explain you know it's so sad, considering all that he'd been through and all the time that he spent in theater in a war zone. explain the circumstances surrounding his death. >> you know it's -- i'll never know a way to justify it or have it make sense. you know i still have the two sentences that run through my mind without me being able to control them. and it it doesn't make any sense or i don't understand. i think that's a common thing for people who are grieve pg or who lose someone unexpectedly to feel for a long time. i think the horror of it really is that, you know this man,
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this evil, took the lives of two really good men. you know chad littlefield was a father and a husband and a good friend. and chris was the same. and they were just there trying to help him. so i think the horror of it is that they were there trying to help. and that somebody could turnity his gun and intentionally kill two people in cold blood. that's where the horror is i think for me. and at the same time i think maybe it was always in some way chris was going to die the way he lived serving others because that was such a big part of him. >> yeah listen taya thank you for being with us. your husband was a great hero. i mean, i think everybody should see this movie. it is an amazing tribute to chris, to the military, and also to people like yourself because you sacrifice a lot as well as did your kids in the process allowing these guys to serve their country the way they do. thank you for being with us appreciate it. >> thank you sean.
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and i will say maybe it's not just our story. it's the story of a lot of veterans, too. and i hope they feel that way when they see it. >> coming up actor bradley cooper went through a radical transition to play the part. we are going to hear how cooper got himself ready for the role.
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to know him before? >> no. i didn't. i talked to him once on the phone. he was horribly murdered two days after we turned in the script. i thought i would spend, basically move in with them. so everything changed. about i have to say there was an incredible a. source material. i feel like i know him. people ask that question and i always have to stop and say no. but i feel like i know him so well. which is interesting. it was simple in the sense that it was a clear idea we always had, it is a character study. chris is a charismatic guy and his story is everybody's story who as they say have to go never to theater. if anybody watching the movie if they don't know anybody in the military maybe they will think twois when they see somebody in the airport and say people are coming back and they have to take care of them. we were lucky taya kyle gave us
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their life. she was invaluable. and photographs, videos she took so many home videos for the four tours because you never know when he was -- if he was going to come back. because we had all this great source material it was like a treasure chest for us. >> joining me vice president of marketing at the fox news channel in the fox light, michael tamira is with us. you have got a hard job. sienna miller, bradley cooper, you go to the oscars. >> someone has to do it so you don't have to, saun sean. >> you look hollywood. what happened? >> gel, the black jacket on. >> don't hold it against me. >> no, listen. look, if somebody asks me my favorite movie gladiator, brave heart, passion of the christ, even back to ben hur. i've got to add to that this movie. that's how much i liked it. i just loved it. >> i'm right there with you.
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let's be honest this is one of those movies hollywood could have gotten wrong in so many ways and we would be signature here having a different segment and conversation tonight. >> i'd be angry. >> it's hard to do with guys like bradley cooper, who was committed to this project. and clint eastwood, what other man than clint eastwood to do it so well. >> it's funny, clint was criticized at the republican convention. but that's not what he does. he does movie, it's funny what chris's father said, wayne to me, which is i'll open up the gates of hell. says it to bradley cooper and clint eastwood. >> somehow, i don't think clint was so worried. i get what he was trying to get at it. >> the conversation, the fact that bradley cooper cared that much. if i had to guess, he is probably a hollywood liberal who doesn't like me to much. >> i don't know. this was a passion project. he put on 40 pounds and things like that.
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there has been criticism from the left about this movie. and he blasted them, he said this is not about debating the war, this is about a character portrait, a man and a woman and men and women who serve in the arm snooe and it's like lone survivor, these guys really cared. bradley cooper telling the father i want to get this right for you. let me go to bradley cooper telling daily beast he hopes the american sniper sheds light on what the men and women have to go through in service every day. he says if it's not this movie, i hope another movie will come out that will shed light on the fact of what our men and women have to go through. it's not a discussion about war. it's a discussion about the reality and the violent people come home and we have to take care of then. and actually krisz casse doing that. he was taking care of other people. >> i tell people, who ask me what the movie is like, there are tough battle scenes, the
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toughest part is when he comes home. there is that great line when he comes back from his first tour, and his wife sees him being removed. she says look you have a duty to come home and be here. >> be here. that was powerful. >> it was. i thought they had a great chemistry. sometimes you have people put together who are awful. >> oochb off camera. and that's largely due to the credit of taya. >> i interviewed sienna, i'm giving you a hard time. clint eastwood on the red carpet talks about chris kyle. >> what are you hoping people will take away or hope to take away from this movie? >> just the understanding of the problems of conducting a war, you know, conducting and being somebody who is considered a good soldier or in this case a navy personnel navy seal and being good at a job and then
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having to go home and having to leave and turn around and leave a family with great kids and great wife and parents and everything. i've met them all. they were fantastic. i don't know how he did it. >> they all cared about -- i think they cared more about what the families thought than what the audience even thinks. >> absolutely she. >> that's amazing. >> everyone i spoke to said the same thing there is pressure when you are working and trying to portray real people than fictional characters. they took it seriously. >> i agree with you. what did you get out when you interviewed these actors what did they tell you what was motivating them for this movie? in other words you sit down with them -- look at this. there you get to sit down with the biggest hollywood actors and actresses, seriously? >> i think they all wanted to get it right and it was their love and passion for what chris did and what he stood for that motivated it and i think that
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comes across. i would love the see it again. >> what's your next project. >> sags. the screen actor's guild. come on, join me on the red karlgt carpet, it will be fun. >> i don't think i would be invited. i'd be intoed. >> you would be surprised. you have a lot of friends out there. >> there is a whole group of us. >> there are. i hear about you all the time when i'm out there. >> appreciate having you be here. american sniper received six oscar nominations but was basically snubbed by the golden globes. why? we'll explain after the break.
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the kids are dying to see you. it's been >> chris, the kids are dieing to see you. it's been nine months. >> i'm coming home. >> are you all right? >> yeah, i'm good. >> babe come home okay? we miss you. >> all right. american sniper" received six oscar no, ma'am nations including best picture, best actor for bradley cooper, and best adapt rif screenplay. but the film was snubbed by the golden globes. how does a film about it so many
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nomination prsz one hollywood awards show and zero from another. here is chloe milas. >> we go through this every and look -- >> you saw it right? >> it opened in new york and in l.a. early. so everybody else has to wait until, you know, today for it to come out. but really it came out on christmas day in new york. and i just fell in love with the film. and it's a great movie. like you said, i really believe this is going to win best picture. but it should win best picture. you know, there are a lot of other movies like "the grand budapest hotel" "imitation game" birdman, but i have my money on this movie. >> i have my money on this movie too. how do the globes shut it out? >> i'll tell you why. the golden globes does not mean anything when it comes to the oscars. a lot of people believe that it can win the golden globes and
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you're a shoo-in for the oscars. they are not related in any way. the people that vote for the golden globes is the hollywood foreign press. it's about 100 people. >> this is it. >> who actually snubbed "unbroken" angelina jolie's war movie, again, an american film. "american sniper". >> i liked "unbroken," by the way. >> i did too. "interstellar" snubbed by the globes. not saying the american hollywood press doesn't like american films, but that is surprising. but the authors look at that, six nominations. something. and bradley cooper up for best actor. >> i thought he was amazing. more importantly,tia, his wife, his father, both liked what bradley cooper did. >> he has given numerous interviews where he watched countless interviews on chris.
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he actually read all of the e-mails and correspondence between them while he was overseas for all four of his tours. he felt like he was actually the mouthpiece for him. he felt like he actually was becoming him. and is watching this movie so believable. they did a great job. everything from the editing to the sound-mixing. clint eastwood as a director he just did another amazing job. >> i think he had an easier job in "dallas buyers club" matthew mcconaughey, to lose every pound he had. but he bulked up and gained 40 pounds. >> he spoke to clint eastwood, don't you think i should gain weight. and he said yeah, i don't know it's up to you. and he said no i think i should bulk up for this film and clint was like, do whatever you want. and he actually said clint has an interesting way he directs. he'll just turn the camera on and start rolling and he doesn't even say go. so it just catches you in your most natural moments and i think you really see that in this movie. >> yeah. i mean that to me is what
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really kind of struck me in the whole thing. the hard part is i mean, imagine the life of a sniper. and i'm going to tell you how the movie opens, but i'm not going to give it away. movie opens with bradley cooper playing chris kyle looking through a scope, and he's got to make a decision. does he shoot a young kid and a woman, i guess in a burka. and you don't get the answer right away. that's how it starts. and he's being told your call. you know he's got to make the decision. is what the woman is passing to that kid something that's going to be used to kill american troops. that to me is everything that you would think hollywood would want. real life drama. decision-making. you know, you're on the edge of your seat. >> you are. this movie is incredibley spenceful and also so relatable. and if you're watching this film and don't know somebody who has served overseas or you have anybody that has, you really all
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of a sudden connect with the american troops. and it just makes you walk out of that movie and say, i am so proud to be an american. and i now -- if you didn't already, get why they do what they do. and it's just -- unbelievable. i'm tell you, when that movie ended, you couldn't -- you could hear a pin drop. just silence. >> chloe melas thank you and congratulations. my final thoughts of the day after the break.
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welcome back. time for tonight's question of the day. all right. do you think that "american sniper" will win best picture? my vote is for "american sniper." it has everything you want in a movie. it is entertaining, it is fast-moving. you're sitting on the edge of your seat. but more importantly, it's real life. and i think it's time hollywood do more of these movies, because the story of heroism and bravery, it's really remarkable. it's been an honor to meet the family of chris kyle.
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