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'American Sniper' screenwriter discusses backlash with 'Time'

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Jason Hall
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The controversy surrounding American Sniper sparked a recent interview from Time with the film’s screenwriter, Jason Hall, about writing what might be the most hotly debated Oscar film this season.

“People see the movie poster, and it’s got a guy and the American flag, and they know Clint Eastwood—the Dirty Harry guy and the Republican convention guy—directed it,” Hall told Time. “So they think it’s some jingoistic thing. I would challenge that in a big way.”

Some critics say the film is glorifying a murderer, while Hall stands by his screenplay as a “portrait of a beleaguered soldier” in Chris Kyle. According to Hall, he saw a different side of Kyle outside of the war following his death.

Read what Hall had to say about Kyle’s “softer” side and how he feels about the backlash in the full Time interview.