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Bradley Cooper remembers well the day he first had humans in his gun scope.

It rare in movies that filming happens chronologically. But the opening scene in American Sniper the Clint Eastwood directed biopic of the late Navy SEAL sharpshooter Chris Kyle was also Cooper first try at filming with a gun.

had three months of training, and I chosen to become comfortable with three guns, Cooper says. Mark 11, the .338 (Lapua Magnum) with boom and the .338 Win Mag (Winchester Magnum). I really focused on getting into the mindset of what it would be to be a sniper. He gotten fairly proficient at hitting targets hundreds of yards away.

then the first week in Morocco (which substitutes for Iraq), we shooting the opening scene in the movie. I only ever had my gun with live ammo. I looking through the scope at the two actors and like, my stomach turned. I pulled the gun away and I said, can shoot the scene with them there. Admittedly not a major stumbling block, given movie magic. military history, with 160 confirmed kills. Ironically, after being honorably discharged, he was killed in 2013 at a shooting range by a fellow veteran he was counseling.

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At the time, Cooper was already in the process of producing Kyle story with the intention of starring in it. They had not met face to face, but had talked on the phone and emailed frequently. It hard to spend that much time with someone, you come to care for and understand, and carry the voices of their family and kids. I immediately called Bradley and there was just silence at the other end. It was very traumatic. Sniper seemed to become much more personal to Cooper after that starting with the signing of Eastwood, Kyle own choice for director of his story, and a commitment to putting on 40 pounds of muscle and immersing himself in the character of the former Texas rodeo rider Kyle. was sometime after we finished filming that I realized I was only just meeting Bradley Cooper for the first time, says Sienna Miller, who plays Kyle wife Taya.

Though David O. Russell Silver Linings Playbook introduced people to Cooper, the serious actor, the easygoing guy of The Hangover movies, and the clownishness of Russell American Hustle still obscured what the actor is capable of.

This year, audiences will have seen him immerse himself twice as Kyle, and as the tormented Joseph Merrick in the Broadway production of The Elephant Man.

two roles were real people who I admire greatly and so I felt a tremendous responsibility. I just did everything I could to do right by them, Cooper says. for me, have always been healing. The Elephant Man (with John Hurt) was a movie that affected me in such a massive way, it made me want to be an actor. It always made me feel like I wasn’t so alone. That’s why I do what I do. I love storytelling so much.”

As for Eastwood, Cooper longtime love for Unforgiven began to insinuate itself on the filmed narrative of Kyle life.

construct is that of a western. There a sharpshooter and an enemy sharpshooter and there a showdown at the end. And (instead) of that tumbleweed, there a desert storm that blows in, and it sort of (he whistles the theme to The Good, The Bad And The Ugly and laughs). We even did that in the (studio) pitch, Cooper says, laughing again.

just thought it would be a very compelling way to get the audience interested in this story. Chris is talking to (his son) at the end of the movie and he says, a hell of a thing to stop a beating heart. And (Unforgiven William Munny says, a hell of a thing to kill a man, take away what he got and ever gonna have. we were doing that scene, Clint didn talk about it. But when you look at Clint catalogue, it all about the different stages of a man. And it almost like this character is William Munny prior to Unforgiven.

Clint, you so excited to come to the set every day. It never gets old. It like, the most exciting thing. John Huston said curiosity keeps you going. And Clint is just so curious, he like a little kid. with another impending role in the cooking comedy Adam Jones (again with Sienna Miller), Cooper inevitably had to let Chris Kyle go. He claims to remember the exact day it happened.

left me, like, three and a half weeks after the movie finished. That was a sad day, but I went to a different transition. Miller makes a connection in ‘American Sniper’

an odd thing playing someone who alive, says Sienna Miller of her role as the Taya Kyle, the wife of America greatest military sharpshooter in American Sniper.

Even odder, she admits, is that, year I played two women whose husbands have both been murdered. also played Nancy Schultz in Foxcatcher, wife of the Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), who was murdered by the unhinged billionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell).

always a huge responsibility in when you playing someone who can critique your performance. It very difficult to ask questions about someone who just lost her husband, but it important in your examination of the character. producer and star Bradley Cooper was betting on chemistry between the American born, British ex model Miller and the no nonsense Texan Taya.

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the first time I talked to her, I didn know what to expect. And like two or three sentences in, it was like, this is good, Kyle says.

we were laughing and I tell her something I thought was special or poignant, about a first kiss with Chris and me, and she got it. I say something and she start laughing. She was connected, our energy was similar. Poor Bradley to have to have been around it. personal breakthrough paid off. was always available, and she gave us access to every single email she and Chris sent when Chris was away, Miller says. was very personal and we wanted as much as possible to concentrate on how much they loved each other. On the phone, it was like she was my sister. says he didn really know what to expect when he auditioned Miller, that I was a massive fan of hers. But I watched the audition and it was about 50 seconds before I even knew it was Sienna Miller. She throws herself into it completely, zero vanity, utterly vulnerable at a moment notice. She lives her life with her heart on her sleeve. experience was a gamble for Kyle too. I met Bradley and (director) Clint (Eastwood) in person, I was so focused on Chris, and how do I tell you everything? I remember sitting with Bradley in the car, losing it. motivation was to help reach out to Mideast war veterans, as her husband was doing after his discharge when he was killed on a shooting range by a troubled PTSD victim.

than 1% of Americans ever sign up for service. And they there because they willing to put their life on the line for this country, Kyle says. wouldn have done that. I love this country, but I truly wouldn do it.

I have people that come up to me still. I have a medal from a Marine that came home who said Chris saved his life, who said, have a two year old daughter I wouldn have without Chris.
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