Jesse Ventura: ‘American Sniper’ About As Real As ‘Dirty Harry’

AP Photo/Jim Mone
AP Photo/Jim Mone

On January 28, Jesse Ventura described American Sniper as being about as real as Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry films in the 1970s.

Moreover, he explained that a movie about a hero must first have a hero in order to work correctly, yet he suggests that Chris Kyle is no hero but “a liar.”

According to The Washington Times (WT), Ventura said: “A hero must be honorable, must have honor. And you can’t have honor if you’re a liar. There is no honor in lying.”

Ventura said these things in reference to a passage in Kyle’s autobiography in which the late sniper talked about punching a man called “Scruff Face” then running “out of the bar where they had been drinking.” Kyle later admitted that “Scruff Face” was Ventura and talked about punching him because Venture allegedly said that the SEALs “deserve to lose a few” after a wake for a fallen SEAL.

Ventura sued Kyle’s estate after his death and won an $1.8 million defamation suit, which Kyle’s estate is appealing.

Former SEAL Marcus Luttrell, Lone Survivor, responded to Ventura’s suit by tweeting photos of Ventura from his wrestling days with the captions, “I sued a widow,” and “Hit me, I won’t fight back.”

One note on Ventura’s comments about American SniperWT reports he has not seen the film.

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