Chris Kyle Himself Had the Best Comeback to ‘American Sniper’ Critics in a 2012 Conan Interview

This exchange, three years ago, between comedian and talk show host Conan O’Brien and Chris Kyle shows why the retired Navy SEAL was so beloved. At the time of the interview, Kyle was touring to publicize his book, American Sniper.

In the nearly-five minute interview, Kyle admits that he wished he had tried out for SEAL Team 6. Considering Kyle was the best sniper in American military history, that comes as a surprise to many.

Conan gets the good-natured Kyle to laugh throughout, asking him about the more than mile-long kill shot Kyle touted in his book. Kyle, in his usual humble way, says he was just a ‘monkey on a gun,’ a suggestion at which O’Brien scoffs.

In a striking show of respect, after Kyle repeatedly addresses Conan as ‘sir’, O’Brien says:

“You don’t have to call me, sir. I’m just a talk show host. You’re up here and I’m down here.”

The three-year-old interview is a refreshing change from the kind of attention that Kyle has been getting since the movie version of American Sniper hit the screen. Hollywood and media critics have taken pot shots at both Kyle personally, and the movie itself.

Despite criticism, American Sniper continues to shatter box office records. A remarkable, and earned, success that the proud military veteran and humble author deserves.

More at IJReview

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on RedditShare on TumblrEmail this to someone

19 Shel Silverstein Quotes That Definitely Shaped You Growing Up

enhanced-buzz-wide-9163-1421444077-10Flickr / BuzzFeed

1. “​Listen to the mustn’ts, child,
Listen to the don’ts.
Listen to the shouldn’ts.
The impossibles, the won’ts.
Listen to the never haves.
Then listen close to me—
Anything can happen, child,
Anything can be.” – Where the Sidewalk Ends

2.”How much good inside a day?
Depends how good you live ‘em.
How much love inside a friend?
Depends how much you give ‘em.” – A Light in the Attic

3. “There is a voice inside of you
That whispers all day long,
‘I feel this is right for me,
I know that this is wrong.’
No teacher, preacher, parent, friend
Or wise man can decide
What’s right for you — just listen to
The voice that speaks inside.” – Falling Up

4. “It’s amazing the difference
A bit of sky can make.” – Where the Sidewalk Ends

enhanced-buzz-wide-19487-1421442069-7Flickr / BuzzFeed

6. “When the light turns green, you go. When the light turns red, you stop. But what do you do when the light turns blue with orange and lavender spots?” – A Light in the Attic

7. “She had blue skin,
And so did he.
He kept it hid
And so did she.
They searched for blue
Their whole life through,
Then passed right by-
And never knew.” – Every Thing On It

8. “ALICE
She drank from a bottle called DRINK ME
And she grew so tall,
She ate from a plate called TASTE ME
And down she shrank so small.
And so she changed, while other folks
Never tried nothin’ at all.” – Where the Sidewalk Ends

9. “So please get your rags
And your polishing jars,
Somebody has to go polish the stars.” – A Light in the Attic

10. “Tell me I’m clever,
Tell me I’m kind,
Tell me I’m talented,
Tell me I’m cute,
Tell me I’m sensitive,
Graceful and Wise
Tell me I’m perfect—
But tell me the TRUTH.” – Falling Up

enhanced-buzz-wide-1853-1421442738-15Flickr / BuzzFeed

12. “Underneath my outside face
There’s a face that none can see.
A little less smiley,
A little less sure,
But a whole lot more like me.” – Every Thing On It

13. “He wasted his wishes on wishing.” – Where the Sidewalk Ends

14. “I’ll take the dream I had last night
And put it in my freezer,
So someday long and far away
When I’m an old grey geezer,
I’ll take it out and thaw it out,
This lovely dream I’ve frozen,
And boil it up and sit me down
A dip my old cold toes in.” – A Light in the Attic

15. “Talked my head off
Worked my tail off
Cried my eyes out
Walked my feet off
Sang my heart out
So you see,
There’s really not much left of me.” – Every Thing On It

enhanced-buzz-wide-9599-1421443425-17Flickr / BuzzFeed

17. “I will not play at tug o’ war.
I’d rather play at hug o’ war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles
And rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses,
And everyone grins,
And everyone cuddles,
And everyone wins.” – Where the Sidewalk Ends

18. “All The Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
Layin’ In The Sun,
Talkin’ ‘Bout The Things
They Woulda-Coulda-Shoulda Done…
But All Those Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
All Ran Away And Hid
From One Little Did.” – Falling Up

19. “There are no happy endings.
Endings are the saddest part,
So just give me a happy middle
And a very happy start.” – Every Thing On It

More at BuzzFeed

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on RedditShare on TumblrEmail this to someone
Page 28 of 126
1 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 126