Michael Moore and Seth Rogen Respond to 'American Sniper' Criticisms

by Meredith B. Kile 6:07 PM PST, January 19, 2015
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After facing criticisms for their tweets about Clint Eastwood’s Navy SEAL biopic American Sniper, Seth Rogen and director Michael Moore took to social media to clarify their comments.

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Moore, who tweeted about his family’s own military background and personal experiences with snipers, wrote a long response to his critics on his Facebook page, clarifying that his tweets were intended to only be about snipers, and taken out of context to be made into criticisms of American Sniper.

"I didn’t say a word about American Sniper in my tweets," protested Moore, who then offered up his opinion on Eastwood’s film.

"Awesome performance from Bradley Cooper," he wrote. "One of the best of the year. Great editing. Costumes, hair, makeup superb!...Also, best movie trailer and TV ads of the year."

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Rogen also clarified his tweets, in which he compared American Sniper to the Nazi sniper propaganda film shown within Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, after facing backlash from critics who took his comments out of context.

"I actually liked American Sniper," the actor tweeted. "It just reminded me of the Tarantino scene. I wasn't comparing the two. Big difference between comparing and reminding."

He also took a shot at media publications who made a larger story of his initial tweets.

American Sniper broke box-office records in its opening weekend, pulling in an estimated $105 million during the holiday weekend. Check out the film’s trailer below.