As American Sniper dominated Martin Luther King Jr. weekend en route to an estimated $100+ million box office haul, several notable Hollywood personalities took very public stances against the film.
On Sunday, filmmaker Michael Moore tweeted out this comment: “My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren't heroes. And invaders r worse.”
While he didn’t specifically mention American Sniper in that social media post, it’s clear what he was referring to.
Seth Rogen also made waves with his commentary on the film, noting that he found it similar to a Nazi propaganda movie that was played in Inglourious Basterds.
“American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie that's showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds,” he tweeted out.
American Sniper stars Bradley Cooper as the late Chris Kyle, a veteran who was killed after returning from Iraq in 2013 by a soldier with PTSD whom he had been mentoring.
Although some Hollywood personalities seem to have taken issue with the Clint Eastwood-directed movie, American Sniper was met very favorably by movie-goers – both in terms of commercial and critical success. The film shattered previous January records and, according to Rotten Tomatoes, 89 percent of the people who saw the movie “liked it.”