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Bradley Cooper gained 40 pounds of muscle to play Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in the film American Sniper. "It wasn't at all like a costume," he said. "It was like ... this sort of transformative experience to me because there was no going home from it." Courtesy of Warner Bros. Picture hide caption

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Bradley Cooper: 'Sniper' Controversy Distracts From Film's Message About Vets

As the film's depiction of the Iraq War has come under scrutiny, Cooper, who portrays Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, says the discussion is moving away from "the fact that 22 vets commit suicide each day."

Bradley Cooper gained 40 pounds of muscle to play Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in the film American Sniper. "It wasn't at all like a costume," he said. "It was like ... this sort of transformative experience to me because there was no going home from it." Courtesy of Warner Bros. Picture hide caption

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Bradley Cooper: 'Sniper' Controversy Distracts From Film's Message About Vets

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