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Producer Kaslow: Shame on Michael Moore Over 'American Sniper'

By    |   Tuesday, 20 January 2015 03:41 PM

Liberal documentary filmmaker Michael Moore fired a cheap shot at the American military when he labeled snipers sent into battle as "cowards" in a shot at the Oscar-nominated Clint Eastwood film "American Sniper," movie producer Harmon Kaslow tells Newsmax TV.

"It's a little insulting to those who have chosen to defend this country, to follow the orders, the commander-in-chief and to go and execute," Kaslow said Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show."

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"A lot of time they don't have the ability to vote or participate in the agenda that they're being asked to follow. In this country, we always want to respect those who are willing to die."

Last weekend, Moore, director of "Fahrenheit 9/11" and "Bowling for Columbine," tweeted: "My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren’t heroes. And invaders r worse."

That was perceived as a blast at Eastwood's film, which is based on the true story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, and has been nominated for six Academy Awards. "Selma," the story of Martin Luther King's historic civil rights march, garnered just two nominations, which critics say proves Hollywood's domination by whites.

Moore insisted he was not criticizing the Eastwood movie, but in a subtle swipe , added: "So here’s what I think about American Sniper. Awesome performance from Bradley Cooper. One of the best of the year. Great editing. Costumes, hair, makeup superb!"

"Our armed services … [are] not perfect by any stretch in the imagination. The story, specifically 'American Sniper,' is actually a very sad story in seeing what this person is going through," said Kaslow, producer of "Atlas Shrugged" trilogy and executive producer of the R-rated thrillers, "Autopsy," "Timber Falls" and "Autopsy."

"It is eye opening to try to experience what these people who are fighting on behalf of this country are doing and in some instances asked the question what are we doing."

In "American Sniper" — rated R for strong and disturbing war violence,and language throughout including some sexual references — Bradley Cooper portrays Kyle who is credited for 160 confirmed kills in Iraq.

Kyle has been lauded as a hero by many Americans, but Kaslow told Steve Malzberg that liberals in the entertainment business don't see it that way.

"Hollywood, as we well know, is so dominated by those progressive thinkers on the left," he said.

"What Eastwood was able to do with his film is really touch a nerve about patriotism and what these guys go through. People knew that if they went and saw the movie … they were going to see a very compelling piece of cinema, something for them to think about.

"They just suspected that someone like Eastwood would be able to deliver that since the studios had failed miserably time and time again in bringing his films with that sort of messaging."

Kaslow is critical of the Rev. Al Sharpton, who slammed the Academy's lack of diversity after the predominantly white Oscar nominations were announced.

"I have called an emergency meeting early next week in Hollywood with the task force to discuss possible action around the Academy Awards," Sharpton said last week.

"The lack of diversity in today's Oscar nominations is appalling and while it is good that Selma was nominated for 'Best Picture,' it's ironic that they nominated a story about the racial shutout around voting while there is a racial shutout around the Oscar nominations."

But Kaslow countered:

"[Sharpton is] tremendously off base. There is no Affirmative Action when it comes to awards. Al Sharpton doesn't remember '12 Years a Slave' won a ton of Academy Awards.

"There can only be five nominees for all categories, except for one, best picture. Who knows? Maybe the people who worked on 'Selma' came in sixth or seventh place. That doesn't mean they should bump away someone who deserves it.

"The picture has been nominated for best picture. Let's not insult the hard work of the other artisans by somehow trying to make 'Selma' be the diversity picture when really that has nothing to do with its message. It actually is a very good movie, so it's a shame he might take away from people wanting to see it."

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Liberal documentary filmmaker Michael Moore fired a cheap shot at the American military when he labeled snipers sent into battle as "cowards" in a shot at the Oscar-nominated Clint Eastwood film "American Sniper," movie producer Harmon Kaslow tells Newsmax TV.
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Tuesday, 20 January 2015 03:41 PM
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