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Episode 13: American Sniper (2014) - Bill's Middle East Tour, Military PTSD, and Challenge Coins!

Updated: Sep 22

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Fun Facts About the Movie:
  • If you didn’t know this already, this move is based off of real Marine Corps veteran Chris Kyle. Kyle and a friend unfortunately were both shot and killed before the movie premiered. Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield had taken veteran Eddie Ray Routh to a gun range to help him cope with his PTSD diagnosis. Routh was found guilty of both murders of Littlefield and Kyle and was sentenced to life without parole.

  • Kyle was one of the most lethal snipers in United States Military history,with a record-setting kill count of over 160 targets. However, Kyle once stated that he wished he could calculate the number of people he saved instead.

  • Bradley Cooper gained 40 pounds to prep for the role as Chris Kyle, eating 6,000 calories a day. He also worked on Kyle’s dialect for four hours every day.

  • Cooper initially bought rights to the film intending to only be a producer, with Chris Pratt being the star.

  • David O Russell and Steven Spielberg both considered directing the film, but Russell’s deal with Warner Bros fell through and Spielberg moved on

  • The infamous fake baby used was because the first (real) baby got a fever, and the second didn’t show up to set.

  • ‘American Sniper’ was the highest grossing Best Picture Oscar Nominee of 2015.

Our Ratings:

William Lee - 7

Lisa - 7

JT - 7

Cowtown Drive-In Average - 7

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