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10 Things You Didn’t Know About… American Sniper
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About… American Sniper

It took home almost $600 in box office receipts, drew universal critical acclaim and scored award nominations across the globe, it’s muscular military drama American Sniper.

Starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller and directed by Clint Eastwood, this is the story of Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in the history of the US military. Although unmatched on the battlefield, Kyle’s life was a turbulent one and this is a heavy, tense drama with brilliant central performances and well worth investing in.

Now on offer as part of hmv’s awards campaign we thought we’d revisit and bring you 10 things you didn’t know about American Sniper...

 

Bradley Cooper had to eat to get in character, eat a lot…

To get Kyle’s powerful physique Bradley Cooper had to step up his workout regime and put on over forty pounds of muscle mass, to do this he needed to eat, a lot, around 8,000 calories every day!



But he originally wanted someone else to star…

Originally when Bradley Cooper bought the rights to Kyle’s autobiography he’d intended to produce the movie and nothing more, in fact he admitted he was eyeing his Guardians Of The Galaxy co-star Chris Pratt to take the role of Kyle. But, after he got involved in the development process, Cooper came to change his mind and opted to take the lead role.

 

Both Steven Spielberg and David O. Russell almost directed the movie…

Before Eastwood got the gig, both Spielberg and Russell were in talks to take the movie, but both passed, Spielberg because he wanted to do a far more expansive version of the story and Russell because he couldn’t agree a deal with the studio.

 

The real-life Chris Kyle gave the movie his blessing…

In fact he’d made it clear that the only director he wanted was Clint Eastwood, he got his wish…

 

And his shoes…

During the shoot Bradley Cooper wore Kyle’s walking shoes, shoes he was given as a gift after production wrapped. They do say to you should try walking someone else’s shoes...

 

But he couldn’t shoot like him…

Granted almost no one could shoot like Chris Kyle, who could hit a target from a colossal 2,100 metres away, but Cooper trained hard and managed to get up to 600. Not bad…

 

Kate Mara and Evangeline Lily both passed on the movie…

When it came to casting the role of Tara Kyle a number of actresses were in the frame, these included House Of Cards’ Kate Mara, Thor star Jaime Alexander and Lost leading lady Evangeline Lily. In the end Mara and Lily moved on to Fantastic Four and Ant-Man respectively and the role ended up going to Sienna Miller.

 

Jason Hall knew what was on the line with this script…

After spending some time with Kyle during the writing of the screenplay writer Jason Hall knew him well enough to attend his funeral when he died tragically in 2013. But, when Hall arrived for the service, he quickly found himself surrounded by Kyle’s army buddies and was made aware in no uncertain terms that if the film turned out to be a duff they would be coming to find him. We think it was all okay in the end...

 

It only ended up with one Oscar…

Although the movie received six nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor for Cooper, it ultimately ended up winning only one award for Best Sound Editing.

 

But it’s the highest grossing war movie of all time…

It might have only ended up with one Oscar, but the movie grossed almost $550 million at the box office, making it the biggest war movie of all time and taking it well past the previous record of $481 million set by Saving Private Ryan.

 

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