Hollywood actor Gary Sinise defended “American Sniper” on Monday, after failed Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean argued only angry people would see the movie.
“There’s a lot of anger in this country, and the people who go see this movie are people who are very angry,” Dean said. “And this guy basically says ‘I’m going to fight on your side.’ I bet you if you looked at a cross-section of the Tea Party and the people who go to see this movie, there’s a lot of intersection.”
Sinise responded to Dean’s comments on Twitter.
“You certainly have a right to make stupid blanket statements, suggesting that all people who see this film are angry, but how is that helpful sir?” Sinise wrote. “I saw American Sniper and would not consider myself to be an angry person.”
Sinise went on to say that, following Dean’s logic, Warner Brothers must also be angry because they released the film. Likewise, Clint Eastwood, Jason Hall, Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and the rest of the cast must also be angry because they acted in it.
The actor also insisted that Chris Kyle’s story deserved to be told, especially since it shows how the stress of multiple deployments affect families throughout America.
Other public figures have criticized the movie in the past week, including director Michael Moore who argued that snipers are cowards, not heroes. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer responded with a sign that used an expletive to dismiss Moore.
A photo of the two was later uploaded online by Palin’s daughter, Bristol.
“American Sniper” follows the story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, a man who served four combat deployments to Iraq. The movie has been a huge commercial success, with $64.6 million in ticket sales.