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Published on Jan 30, 2015
Next Monday has officially been declared Chris Kyle Day in Texas, in honor of the real-life Navy SEAL that inspired American Sniper. Gov. Greg Abbott announced the Feb. 2 dedication during a speech to veterans made at Texans Veterans of Foreign Affairs, according to prepared remarks published on the governor's official website. Kyle is portrayed by Bradley Cooper in the Warner Bros. drama directed by Clint Eastwood. The film, which was nominated for six Academy Awards, claimed the title on Friday of the top grossing war movie of all time in the United States. Also on Friday, Sniper garnered praise from Michelle Obama, who spoke at the National Geographic Society in Washington D.C. and commented on the film.