Conservatives responded negatively online when news cameras showed Bradley Cooper, who played U.S. Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle in the 2014 film, at the Democratic National Convention, multiple outlets said.
Two years after Bradley Cooper played Navy SEAL shooter Chris Kyle in American Sniper, conservatives are angry at him for appearing at the Democratic National Convention in his hometown of Philadelphia.
News cameras showed him in the audience, where he took in the show with his girlfriend, Russian model Irina Shayk.
Released on Christmas Day 2014, Sniper made $350.1 million — thanks in large part to conservative moviegoers — and earned Cooper a best-actor Oscar nomination.
This was apparently news to some of his conservative fans, who vowed never to see another of his films.
Bradley Cooper at DNC?! Guess I’ve seen my last Bradley Cooper movie. Ewww Ick
— The Real ExTex (@theRealExTex) July 28, 2016
I have a list of celebrities that support Socialism I refuse to spend another $ on. Add this one. Boycott them all. pic.twitter.com/uOFMkxSvRY
— Nat Shupe (@NatShupe) July 28, 2016
Others hoped that Cooper’s work on Sniper (on which he also served as a producer) had moved him more towards their way of thinking.
Repubs never thought #BradleyCooper was anything but liberal. They r disappointed that his intricate study of Kyle’s life taught him nothing
— Bethany Cross (@Bethcross2Cross) July 28, 2016
People being upset Bradley cooper who played the American Sniper is not a republican is like me being upset he is not a real space raccoon.
— Stephen Williams (@siavm) July 28, 2016
People being mad at #BradleyCooper for having different political beliefs than a role he played is proof we need to invest in education.
— Dave Engler (@DaveEngler) July 28, 2016
Twitter users from the other side of the aisle mockingly reminded them that Cooper is an actor and that Kyle was a character.
— thatStellaGirl (@thatStellaGirl) July 28, 2016
In 2014, Cooper told The Navy Times, “This character happens to be a real man. This is a movie that’s going to live with [their] children, his parents, forever. I felt a massive responsibility to do right by them.”