Seth Rogen and Clint Eastwood have found themselves strangely interlinked in a conversation about national, and perhaps nationalistic, cinema right now. That overlap is due to their respective films, The Interview and American Sniper, both of which have become rallying cries for American freedom — despite being at the polar end of the other in terms of style, substance and intent.
The Interview accomplished this by none of its own accord — Seth’s film with James Franco gained massive momentum when it appeared it would be pulled from release after a possible link to North Korea in the Sony hack. American Sniper, on other hand, appeals to this kind of patriotic audience by design. After all, the film’s hero is sculpted from a storied memoir by one of the Iraq War’s most lethal marksman: Chris Kyle. Rogen’s lead characters wander into their act of heroism just as haplessly as its filmmakers did.
But Seth put an end to conjecturing that the two films were aiming for similar territory on Sunday when he negatively compared American Sniper to a scene in Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 Nazi flick Inglourious Basterds.
American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie that’s showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) January 18, 2015
In case you didn’t catch Inglourious Basterds, you can see the scene Rogen is comparing to American Sniper below — a fictional Nazi propaganda film.
American Sniper‘s fans have wasted no time jumping to the film’s defense. A few hours after the tweet, The Daily Caller penned a testy editorial accusing Rogen of attacking a national hero.
“Hollywood is overwhelmingly left-wing, and has released a string of anti-war and anti-military movies that have been box office flops. In that world American Sniper is an anomaly. It presents Kyle’s life without making judgment, warts and all. Audiences have been flocking to see the story of a man considered a genuine hero by most.”
Seth Rogen isn’t the first person to call out the perceived failings of American Sniper. Michael Moore recently took to Twitter to call out the shortcomings he sees in Chris Kyle despite his portrayal as a hero. While it’s not the first time American Sniper has been criticized, Michael went as far as to insinuate that Kyle himself was a coward, as previously reported by Inquisitr.
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
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 18, 2015
Do you think Seth Rogen’s tweet about American Sniper was out of line?
[Image via American Sniper and The Interview]