Clint Eastwood just directed the most successful war film to date, and now he is saying the film based on a Navy SEAL’s life is actually anti-war.
Speaking at Loyola Marymount University School of Film & TV in Los Angeles, the director with multiple war movies on his resume said that not only is “American Sniper” anti-war, he is too.
“I think it’s nice for veterans, because it shows what they go through, and that life — and the wives and families of veterans,” Eastwood said.
“It has a great indication of the stresses they are under. And I think that all adds up to kind of an anti-war [message].” (RELATED: ‘American Sniper’ Just Became THE Top Film Of 2014)
The film is based on American sharpshooter Chris Kyle’s life, who claims the most kills in military history, and Eastwood admitted that it glorifies Kyle but also shows his regrets.
“And that’s just the way it is. I think it’s anti.”
Since its December release, the film has grossed over $341 million in the United States. Thought it was nominated for six Oscars, it took home only one, for best sound editing. (RELATED: Did ‘American Sniper’ Get Snubbed At The Oscars?)