Last week, former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle was killed by a fellow veteran at a firing range. Kyle, who appeared on “Stars Earn Stripes” as a trainer for Dean Cain, was also an author. His book, “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,” was released in January 2012, and recalled his career, in which he holds the military record for most kills.
The book had been purchased prior to his death, to be turned into a movie, by actor Bradley Cooper. Cooper plans to star in the film as Kyle, as well as produce. In an interview with NPR’s “Fresh Air,” Cooper spoke about Kyle’s death. “I was at Walter Reed Hospital meeting with veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder, among many other ailments,” Cooper says, “and then all of a sudden I hear this thing and I just couldn’t believe it.”
Planning for the movie continues, and Cooper hopes to get it made even quicker. He was planning to meet with the script’s writer, and his fellow producers, Thursday to discuss how they can help Kyle’s family, first and foremost, during this time. They also planned to discuss speeding up the process to get the movie made. “His story, first of all, needs to be told and it’s also relevant on two fronts,” the actor explains, “One, gun control, and two, the need to address this – the many soldiers that are coming back with post-traumatic stress disorder.”
The man accused of killing Kyle and one other, Eddie Ray Routh, is a former Marine suffering from PTSD. “Medicine has evolved to such a state that more soldiers are coming back and they’re going to assimilate into the culture,” Cooper says, ” and if we don’t address the mental state along with the physical state, it’s going to be a problem.”