When Clint Eastwood asked him for permission to make a movie about his son, the father of Chris Kyle — the most deadly sniper in U.S. history — looked the famous Hollywood actor and director in the eyes and told him he would give him “hell” if he tarnished his son’s heroic reputation. Wayne Kyle has revealed that he warned Eastwood:
Disrespect my son and I’ll unleash Hell on you.
Clint Eastwood and actor Bradley Cooper, who plays Chris Kyle in American Sniper, which will be released on Christmas Day, both assured Wayne that they wouldn’t do anything to cause the family any pain. That pledge satisfied the father. He said:
They looked me in the eye and told me they would honor my son’s memory. That was good enough for me. Both Mr. Eastwood and Mr. Cooper were men I could trust. They were very open and engaging and did not want to hide anything.
The confrontation took place when 84-year-old Eastwood met with Wayne Kyle to discuss his latest movie. (Scroll down for the trailer.)
1. Bradley Cooper plays Chris Kyle, the SEAL Team Three hero who became the deadliest sniper in American military history while serving in Iraq.
2. The real American Sniper, Kyle, was killed on a gun range on 2 February 2013. He had left the SEALs to spend time with his wife and children and to help other veterans.
3. Chris Kyle’s father Wayne did not want his son’s legacy tarnished by Hollywood and told Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper that he would give them “hell” — and they gave him their word they would honor the hero.
4. A family picture of Chris Kyle as a young child playing cowboys in Texas.
American Sniper tells the story of Chris Kyle during his four tours of duty in Iraq between 2003 and 2008, when he killed as many as 255 (160 kills have been confirmed) insurgents with his sniper rifle, making him the deadliest shot in U.S. military history.
Tragically, the highly decorated Navy SEAL was killed in February 2013 by another veteran believed to be suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome at a Texas gun range. Kyle’s death at the age of 38 forms a postscript to the movie, which is widely tipped for Oscar success.
Before he started working on the film in Los Angeles, Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper traveled to Hamilton, Texas, to meet with Wayne Kyle and learn about his son.
Eastwood had already bought the rights of Chris Kyle’s book American Sniper and had turned it into a movie script before the Seal’s death, filming began after it and Cooper has said that he had only spoken to Chris Kyle once.
5. With his younger brother Jeff. Chris was a crack shot with a .22 by the age of 12 after his father brought him up shooting.
6. A teenaged Chris Kyle practices with a shotgun. He joined the military in 1999.
7. Pictured third from right in his Midlothian High School yearbook. His parents have now endowed a scholarship at the school.
8. Bradley Cooper plays the deadly sniper known as the Devil among the Sunni insurgents in Ramadi, Iraq who he was tasked to target.
Wayne Kyle said that he was hugely apprehensive about a movie about his hero son. However, once he met Eastwood and Cooper and they outlined their plans to celebrate and honor his son’s heroism, he warmed up to the idea. Mr. Kyle told The Daily Mail:
I know what Hollywood can do and how it can change things. I told Mr. Eastwood I was not happy that a film was being made about my son, but they were very respectful and told me they would tell the truth.
They both looked me in the eye and told me they would not do anything to harm my son’s reputation. I told them I would unleash hell on them if they did anything to disrespect my son.
Mr. Kyle, a retired telecoms worker, added that Eastwood and Cooper said he would be proud of the movie and its portrayal of Chris. He said:
I liked them both. The fact that they came to Texas to meet with me showed they were serious about what they were going to do. I liked Mr. Cooper. He was very respectful and honest and so was Mr. Eastwood.
Mr. Kyle has not yet seen the movie, but has been invited to a special screening prior to its release by Hollywood studio Warner Bros.
9. The movie depicts the SEAL flying home with the coffins of other fallen military.
10. This was the scene in Iraq where Kyle waited to deploy his sniping skills in a commandeered house.
11. Eddie Ray Routh is awaiting trial for killing Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield. He is citing PTSD as a defense.
12. Kyle and his wife Taya, who is played in the movie of his life by Sienna Miller.
13. Taya Kyle addresses a memorial service for her husband at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
14. A picture of Kyle and his wife signed by their young children XX XXX and XXX XXX.
15. Kyle and Chad Littlefield were found murdered at the gun range at the Rough Creek Lodge, Glen Rose, Texas. Their killer fled in Kyle’s pick-up truck.
16. Kyle was deployed with deadly effect in Iraq. His unit was at the heart of Ramadi, one of the most dangerous deployments, where he became a target for the enemy because of his prolific strike rate.
17. Despite being deployed in combat Kyle was a dutiful son, calling his father regularly while on active duty and even once when he came under fire, calmly telling his father: ‘I’ve got to go.’
18. Kyle with his 300 Win Mag rifle. He recorded as many as 255 insurgent kills. His other weapons included the Mk 12 Designated Marksman Rifle, a Sig Sauer P220 pistol and an M4 carbine.
19. Sienna Miller plays Taya Kyle in the movie directed by Clint Eastwood. It does not feature his death but concentrates on his tours of duty of Iraq.
20. A family birthday card for Chris Kyle from his family.
And here is American Sniper trailer:
Source: The Daily Mail.
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