Gary Sinise Speaks Out Over “Sniper” Comment
Actor Gary Sinise has spoken out against Howard Dean after the former Democratic National Committee Chairman said that people who see American Sniper are “angry.”
“I saw ‘American Sniper’ and would not consider myself to be an angry person,” Sinise wrote 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?”
The film, directed by Clint Eastwood, tells the story of Chris Kyle, played by Bradley Cooper, one of the most lethal snipers in America military history.
Dean, a guest on Real Time with Bill Maher, was responding to Maher’s assertion that sniper Chris Kyle, played by Bradley Cooper , was a “psychopath.”
“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.
Sinise, former star of CSI: NY, also wondered whether Dean believed Clint Eastwood and everyone at Warner Bros, which made the film, were also angry.
“I will admit that perhaps somewhere among the masses of people who are going to see the film, there may be a few that might have some anger or have been angry at some point in their lives, but with all due respect, what the hell are you talking about?”
Kyle’s story, added Sinise, “deserved to be told.”
Dean later appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, MSNBC’s news show, to apologise to the veterans.
“I haven’t seen the movie, and I think I was wrong.” He added: “I make no apologies to all the thousands of right-wing nutjobs who have been Twittering me with nasty language, but I do apologize for the veterans.”
To date, American Sniper has grossed more than $200 million at the box office and earned six Oscar nominations, including one for best picture.