The Oscars love a passion project and few movies in recent years fit that definition as well as American Sniper. Bradley Cooper had been trying to turn the life of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle into a movie even before Kyle was killed in 2013 at a Texas gun range. Now that the film has reached the big screen, Cooper said that he’s been surprised by its overwhelming success.
Cooper has been nominated for Best Actor for a third consecutive year thanks to Sniper, so he attended the Academy Awards luncheon for nominees on Monday. There, he told reports that he didn’t expect there to be a political discussion centered on the film.