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Sienna Miller talks about the ending of 'American Sniper,' Bradley Cooper’s short shorts

American-Sniper

Sienna Miller doesn’t want to talk about whether or not Bradley Cooper dies in the end.

In the upcoming biopic American Sniper, he portrays Chris Kyle, the deadliest marksman in U.S. military history. During Kyle’s four tours in Iraq, the decorated Navy SEAL had 160 confirmed kills before retiring in 2009. But his life abruptly ended in 2013 when he was shot by a Marine veteran reportedly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. (He’s currently awaiting trial.)

When asked if that sad coda to Kyle’s legendary career is included in director Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of the soldier’s best-selling 2012 memoir, the British actress demures. “I’m not supposed to say anything,” says Miller, who portrays Kyle’s wife, Taya. “The film really focuses more on his life than on his death. That’s what I’m supposed to say.”

Hitting theaters in limited release on Christmas Day, American Sniper arrives as a late addition to the awards-season scrum with a growing din of sight-unseen prerelease buzz. Cooper—who also produced the film—packed on pounds of muscle for the part, practiced shooting live ammunition with real SEAL teams, and personally promised Kyle (just before his death) to do justice to his story.

As such, American Sniper showcases Kyle’s overseas deployments where his courage under fire and pinpoint accuracy earned him the nickname “Legend” (and, Kyle claimed in his memoir, put a bounty on his head from enemy insurgents). But the movie also follows its hero home from the battlefield.

“Ultimately, it is a war film,” Miller says. “At the same time, you have romance: humanity grounded by a love story. The dilemma of life at home. Leaving that high-adrenaline, high-intensity situation behind and trying to be a father and husband. This is a man whose priorities in life are God, country, and family—in that order.”

The movie appears set to follow a release pattern similar to Eastwood’s sports drama Million Dollar Baby, which hit screens in December 2004 and went on to win four Oscars. Various prognosticators are already placing short odds on Cooper, who’s earned two nominations in the past two years for American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook.

“His performance is completely compelling. He’s just unrecognizable,” Miller says. “He was training four to six hours a day. He put on 40 pounds of muscle. He looked and sounded like a different person. I’m pretty sure he didn’t break character for the entire thing. He dived into this completely head-first. It was an amazing thing to be around.”

Amazing in a completely different way were a pair of butt-hugging khaki short shorts a bulked-up Cooper was photographed wearing on set that became an Internet meme earlier this year.

“We did have a laugh about those photos. Funnily enough, those are the SEALs’ Hell Week shorts,” says Miller, laughing. “They are the Navy SEALs’ training uniform. I guess it’s part of Hell Week to be humiliated to that degree.”

Steven Spielberg to direct 'American Sniper,' starring Bradley Cooper

Steven Spielberg has lined up his next directorial endeavor. There’s been uncertainty about what project would next have the multi-Oscar-winner in the director’s chair since he put Robopocalypse on hold, but he is now set to helm Bradley Cooper’s American Sniper, EW has confirmed. THR first reported the news.

The film is an adaptation of American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. Cooper will star as late Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, who has a record 150-plus confirmed kills. The book, which spent 18 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, chronicles Kyle’s decade-long military career, including multiple combat tours in Iraq. READ FULL STORY

Bradley Cooper moving forward with 'American Sniper' biopic

After the tragic shooting death of ex-Navy SEAL Chris Kyle this past week, Bradley Cooper is moving forward with American Sniper, a movie based on the autobiography of Kyle. Cooper bought the rights to American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History last spring, he told NPR’s Fresh Air yesterday.

In the wide-ranging interview (which you can listen to in full), Cooper discussed how he wanted to fast-track the project, which has obviously generated more public interest with recent events. “I couldn’t believe it. Jason Hall, who’s writing the script, called me an hour after it happened…,” Cooper explained about how he heard about the death. “The first draft was coming in this week, and Thursday I was at Walter Reed hospital meeting with veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder, among many other ailments; and then all of a sudden I hear this thing and I just can’t believe it. This man has two children, and he is an advocate for putting guns back in veterans’ hands, as a way of therapy.” READ FULL STORY

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