Published On: Tue, Jan 20th, 2015

Seth Rogen’s American Sniper Comments Were Misunderstood


Seth Rogen has had to backtrack from comments that he made regarding Clint Eastwood’s new hit move “American Sniper.” His comments came at a time when some Hollywood insiders are criticizing the multiple Oscar nominated film for what they feel is a glorification of a man whose job is to kill people from far away.

The movie is based on the true story of an American Navy Seal who served as a sniper in Iraq.

Rogen tweeted about the movie, “American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie that’s showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds.” The reference is to a Nazi propaganda movie shown late in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds, ” which glorifies and embellishes the deeds of a lone German soldier.

After a getting a flood of negative comments on Twitter for what people believed was a characterization of “American Sniper” as being a Naziesque propaganda film, Rogen Tweeted several clarifications. The actor wrote, “I just said something “kinda reminded” me of something else. I actually liked American Sniper. It just reminded me of the Tarantino scene.”

He also tweeted, “I wasn’t comparing the two. Big difference between comparing and reminding. Apples remind me of oranges. Can’t compare them, though.”

In criticism of news outlets that ran with the story of his Tweet and perpetuated the misunderstanding of his intent Rogen wrote, “But if you were having a slow news day, you’re welcome for me giving you the opportunity to blow something completely out of proportion.”

“American Sniper” set a one day box office record for the month of January when it brought in more than $90 million on Friday in North America. It has made $105 million so far in part due to its having been placed in wide release the same week that the Oscar nominations were announced. It was in limited release at the end of last year to make it eligible for this year’s Oscar awards.

It was nominated for best picture, best actor for its star Bradley Cooper, best film editing, best sound editing, best sound mixing and best adapted screenplay.

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