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Seth Rogen Defends ‘American Sniper’ Comment, Gives Media Fodder For A Slow News Day

Over the weekend, Seth Rogen made comments about the film American Sniper which were deemed controversial. Rogen tweeted, “American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie that’s showing in the thi...
Seth Rogen Defends ‘American Sniper’ Comment, Gives Media Fodder For A Slow News Day
Written by Val Powell
  • Over the weekend, Seth Rogen made comments about the film American Sniper which were deemed controversial. Rogen tweeted, “American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie that’s showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds.” The comedian was referring to the fictional film-within-a-film, Nation’s Pride, which was shown on the third act of Quentin Tarantino’s war movie. Nation’s Pride was a fake Nazi propaganda film about a sniper who boasts about killing hundreds of Allied soldiers from his perch at a clock tower. People who saw the tweet were up in arms because they thought Rogen compared the Chris Kyle biopic to Nazi propaganda.

    American Sniper is the new film from director Clint Eastwood. It stars Bradley Cooper as real-life sniper Chris Kyle who was the deadliest sniper in history. The film garnered several nominations in the coming Academy Awards including a Best Picture nomination as well as a Best Actor nomination for Cooper.

    On January 19, Seth Rogen defended his comment in a series of tweets. “I just said something ‘kinda reminded’ me of something else. I actually liked American Sniper. It just reminded me of the Tarantino scene. I wasn’t comparing the two. Big difference between comparing and reminding. Apples remind me of oranges. Can’t compare them, though,” Rogen explained. He added, “But if you were having a slow news day, you’re welcome for me giving you the opportunity to blow something completely out of proportion.”

    Seth Rogen recently made the news after his comedy film The Interview was boycotted by North Korea leading to the Sony hacking scandal as well as several threats made by the North Korean government if ever The Interview was shown in theaters. The Interview stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as a TV producer and talk show host who are tasked to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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