Posted: 27 January, 2015
A new movie depicts the epic life of decorated American sniper Chris Kyle.
(Lookalikes Chris Kyle (L) the real American Sniper and actor Bradley Cooper (R): Getty Images)
It's the biggest film in the world at the moment, Clint Eastwood's American Sniper.
American actor Bradley Cooper portrays infamous American navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle during his time as one of America's most decorated and deadly snipers and then his struggle afterward with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
"It's an incredible movie," said Matty.
"There's been talk about it glamorising war but I think it does totally the opposite when you see what this guy went through and it is a true story, he killed 160 men... but what he goes through with his post traumatic stress disorder it's just god awful."
"I think to a certain degree it does glamorise war the fact that, if you're an American who's a decent shot you can become a hero and he became a hero, he's called 'Legend' amongst the group," said Gus.
Listen to the boys discuss the movie below.
American Sniper - Official Trailer 2 [HD]
American Sniper Movie Trailer
Facts About Chris Kyle, The Real American Sniper
All facts come from the website HLNTV.
1. The Navy turned him away. When Kyle first went to enlist in 1996, he was denied because of surgical pins in his arm, the result of a rodeo injury.
2. Speaking of which... Kyle was a member of his Texas high school's rodeo team, according to the Dallas Morning News. After school, he became a professional bronco rider until the injury that necessitated those surgical pins ended his career.
3. His younger brother was his "best friend," according to Kyle's wife, Taya. Despite a four-year age gap, Chris and Jeff Kyle were especially close growing up and throughout their lives. The two competed in rodeos together and even joined the military around the same time, with Jeff enlisting in the Marines.
4. Chris Kyle received his first gun when he was 8. In his biography, "The Life and Legend of Chris Kyle," Michael J. Mooney writes that at "about the same time he was learning to read, he was learning to shoot. Little Chris had a bolt-action .30-06 that he later admitted scared him a bit."
5. He went into business after battle. Upon completing four tours of duty in Iraq, Kyle co-founded the law enforcement training company, Craft International. However after his death, Craft went bankrupt and Taya Kyle has sued the company for continuing to use the name and image of her late husband for marketing and apparel sales.
6. "The Body" slammed Chris Kyle in court. In the memoir upon which "American Sniper" was based, Kyle says he brawled with ex-Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura and knocked out the former pro wrestler outside a California restaurant. Last summer, Ventura was awarded $1.8 million in a defamation lawsuit after a jury found Kyle's published claim to be false.
7. Speaking of which... Despite frequent claims that "American Sniper" book proceeds would go to help families of U.S. service members, trial testimony revealed almost all of it went to the Kyles. KTVT reported Taya Kyle cried frequently while testifying that gift-tax restrictions prevented them from donating more than $100,000 of the more than $3 million the book earned in royalties.
8. "Chris Kyle" is the law. In 2013, Texas passed a bill that allows veterans who are training to become police officers to fast-track through parts of the police academy if they prove they already possess the equivalent required skills from their time in the military. Before he was killed, Kyle was working to join the force. A police chief said an officer would have had "to supervise Chris Kyle for 60 hours of gun range training. Seemed a little silly." The law is known as the "Chris Kyle Bill."
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