Watch CBS News

Celebrities Under Fire Over Controversial Tweets About 'American Sniper' Film

WESTWOOD ( — A pair of celebrity personalities are under fire after making controversial remarks over the film "American Sniper" over Twitter.

The film, a true story directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, the US military's most prolific sniper, made headlines after smashing box office records with a $90 million weekend.

However, it appears not all were quite on board with the story the film tells.

Actor Seth Rogen took to Twitter, stating that the film reminded him of a scene in the WWII picture 'Inglorious Basterds', in which a Nazi propaganda film is being shown.

Likewise, controversial director, Michael Moore, Tweeted that snipers "aren't heroes", but that he was "taught snipers were cowards".

Since the posting of those Tweets, there has been much backlash against the two personalities over social media.

Actor Rob Lowe referenced to Moore's tweet, and followed with "He's kidding, right?"

Variety Magazine Senior Editor Ted Johnson says he is not surprised by the events on social media.

"It doesn't surprise me, because this is a movie that filmmakers knew that would generate some controversy," Johnson said.

The film is up for six Oscar nominations, and Johnson suggests the controversy could impact the Academy's voting.

"Oscar voters like controversy," Johnson said. "They like to give the award to controversial films, but they don't necessarily like giving awards to divisive films."

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.