30 Things You Didn’t Know About American Sniper

Bradley Cooper stars as the late Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in US military history in American Sniper. In addition to picking up six Oscar nominations, the film has been a massive and surprise box office hit. Directed by the legendary Clint Eastwood, American Sniper follows the life of Kyle from when he first enlists in the Navy SEALs, through his four tours of duty, and details the emotional toll it all takes on himself and his family.

Through press notes and interviews, we’ve put together 25 interesting facts and trivia tidbits about one of the first breakout movies of 2015. Find out what kind of preparation Cooper underwent to play Kyle, which other actresses were considered for the role of his wife, the two award-winning directors who expressed interest in the project, and other behind the scenes Easter eggs from the film. From box office records to filming details, and a quick side note about Jesse Ventura’s lawsuit against Kyle’s family, this list will take you deep into a film that is sure to be an award-winner and classic war movie.

American Sniper, directed by Clint Eastwood, co-stars Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Jake McDorman, Kevin Lacz, and Keir O’Donnell.