Wow, these actors are desperate, aren’t they?
Hollywood actors continue to fire Twitter salvos at each other over actor Seth Rogen’s controversial tweet about movie American Sniper, based on Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s experiences in Iraq.
He wrote that the movie reminded him of a Nazi propaganda film about a sniper that appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s acclaimed Inglorious Basterds.
Such is the furore surrounding the tweet that he felt obliged to further clarify his comments with another tweet underlining that he has nothing against war veterans and was not comparing the movie to Nazi propaganda.
Now Alec Baldwin has leapt to the defence of the Neighbors actor, after Dean Cain weighed in with a tweet claiming that he had no right to make the comment in the original tweet because he’d never fought in a war.
Cain, known for his role as Superman, wrote: ‘Seth… I like your films, but right now, I wanna kick your ass. Chris is an American Hero. Period. Go to war. Then we’ll talk.’
However, Baldwin retorted: ‘Did @RealDeanCain threaten Seth Rogen? And isn’t that the same kind of troubled thinking that got Chris Kyle killed?’
The Clint Eastwood film is a profile of Kyle, who was described as the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history.
While critical reviews have been generally positive and the movie has been nominated for Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Actor, it has also drawn fire for being jingoistic or propaganda for the U.S. military.
Filmmaker Michael Moore caused an online debate when he tweeted about how he was raised to believe snipers were ‘cowards’ since his uncle died by a Japanese sniper shot in World War II.
Taking to Twitter in rage, the Fahrenheit 9/11 director seethed: ‘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.’
Moore later backtracked those comments on Facebook, writing that he thought the film was well made but could have done a better job at contextualizing the Iraq War.
Rogen has now also sought to calm the Twitter storm down with another explanation of his tweet sent on January 19 that referenced the Nazi sniper.
Read more: Daily Mail