Clint Eastwood claims American Sniper is an 'anti-war' film
Clint Eastwood thinks 'American Sniper' carries an "anti-war" message.
The 84-year-old film-maker helmed the controversial biographical war drama about Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in US military history, but has refuted accusations the movie glorifies war and killing.
Asked if his film gives a skewed idea of warfare, Clint said: "I think it's nice for veterans, because it shows what they go through, and that life - and the wives and families of veterans. 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]."
His remarks come shortly after Bradley Cooper - who plays the lead role in the movie - expressed surprise that the film had created such a storm.
The 40-year-old actor said "any discussion" about the "plight" of the nation's military should be welcomed.
He explained: "You never know when you make a movie if anybody's going to see it, so to have the audacity to think that it would cause any sort of effect at all would be pretty presumptuous.
"Any discussion that sheds light on the plight of the soldiers and the men and women in the armed services, for that discussion to occur is fantastic."