Actors often go to great lengths to embody the characters they play. Jake Gyllenhaal slimmed down for “Nightcrawler,” Steve Carell put on a prosthetic nose for “Foxcatcher,” and Eddie Redmayne contorted and twisted his body in “The Theory Of Everything.” This awards season, Bradley Cooper has dared to go Full Beard in “American Sniper.” And today you get a glimpse of the beard, and the man, in the first clip from the film.
The movie is based on the true story of Chris Kyle, one of the deadliest snipers in Navy S.E.A.L. history, whose success on the battlefield is mirrored by his fragile state when he returns to civilian life. But in this scene, you can watch Kyle in his comfort zone overseas. For more insight on the film, director Clint Eastwood, actor Sienna Miller, writer Jason Hall, and producer Robert Lorenz recently took part in an Academy Conversation about the making of the movie.
You can check out both below along with a TV spot and new pics. “American Sniper” opens on January 16th.