Bradley Cooper produces and stars in American Sniper, the true story of U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle (Cooper), a sharpshooter who spent four tours of duty in Iraq.
With his affection for such films as Unforgiven and Letters from Iwo Jima, Cooper was more than ready to work with American Sniper director Clint Eastwood, who was actually Kyle’s first choice for the movie adaptation of his book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper In U.S. Military History.
“Movies, for me, have always been healing,” said Bradley Cooper during the American Sniper press conference. “When I was a kid, growing up, The Elephant Man was a movie that affected me in such a massive way that it made me want to be an actor. I love storytelling so much.”
Cooper, who is currently starring in Broadway’s The Elephant Man (limited engagement runs through February 15, 2015) praises Clint Eastwood and talks about his early acting ambitions in the media clip below:
Co-starring Sienna Miller as Taya Kyle, American Sniper opens December 25.