February 4, 2015

American Sniper has proven to be gold at the U.S. box office and the project also meant a lot to its star, Bradley Cooper. He addressed the film’s success and controversy while speaking at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills on Monday (February 2nd.)


Bradley told reporters, “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 would be pretty presumptuous. You also never think about whether you’re going to wind up here. But you hope people are going to watch it and hope that it has some impact.” He went on to say, “I just really loved this story. And it’s changed over the years. He was murdered a year and a half into our development and it changed everything. It became a different movie. It became more about the plight of the soldier and his family.”

The 40-year-old also explained the impact that the film had on him saying, “I don’t think I’ll realize it fully until maybe later in my life. It was life changing. Completely.”

American Sniper recently became the highest-grossing war movie all time after beating out Saving Private Ryan.