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Tags: American Sniper/Chris Kyle | PTSD | Harvey Weinstein | Michael Moore | snipers

Harvey Weinstein: 'Sniper' Important Movie; Michael Moore Misunderstood

Harvey Weinstein: 'Sniper' Important Movie; Michael Moore Misunderstood
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By    |   Monday, 02 February 2015 12:34 PM

Award-winning movie producer Harvey Weinstein may have defended fellow filmmaker Michael Moore over his statements that "snipers are cowards," but he's also defending the movie "American Sniper."

"How about all these pieces of junk our kids are seeing?" Weinstein told Indiewire editor-in-chief Dana Harris during an interview at the Sundance Film Festival, The Huffington Post reported Monday. "Let's go after them instead."

"American Sniper" is important, said Weinstein, because it "introduces America to PTSD" and that American priorities are to blame for the media's reaction to the movie, which is up for six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.

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"No one was ever saying, 'there's a really good story about a human being who hands out money to children, builds houses, works hard,'" said Weinstein. "The Jimmy Carter story. You sit in an editorial meeting and [pitch] the Jimmy Carter story and they go ... boring."

But with priorities being "so screwed," saying a movie like "American Sniper" has a hole in it gets the media to "salivate over that stuff," said Weinstein. "It's sexy. If you're going to write an article, just do one thing that used to happen all the time: do the research."

"American Sniper," with $245 million in domestic grosses, is now the most lucrative war movie of all time, and holds the record for the strongest Super Bowl weekend, but it has become a target with its depiction of Chris Kyle, the sniper portrayed by Bradley Cooper, as a hero.

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Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone said he found it problematic that the movie made sense to so many Americans, while an Iraq vet and sniper wrote for Salon that he, too, "was an American sniper, and Chris Kyle's war was not my war."

Weinstein also has movies in the Oscar race, with "The Imitation Game" and "Citizenfour," and last month defended Moore's statements, saying they were misconstrued and that Moore does support the military.

"It might have been misquoted because I will tell you, at Michael's theater, which we book a lot in Michigan, is probably the only theater I know that's free to servicemen," Weinstein said in January, reports The Huffington Post. "So, if you're a serviceman, you go to Michael's theaters in Michigan for nothing, and your families for nothing, too.

"So, I think it's something about his family looked at snipers a certain way and that became the quote like 'snipers are cowardly.' It wasn't a reaction, I think, to this movie. I think people put two quotes together."

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Movie producer Harvey Weinstein may have defended fellow filmmaker Michael Moore over his statements that "snipers are cowards," but he's also defending the movie "American Sniper."
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