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Moore shoots down American Sniper

Michael Moore has launched an attack on military snipers, the day after American Sniper was released in cinemas.

The war biopic, directed by Clint Eastwood, stars Bradley Cooper as Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who was credited with most confirmed kills in American military history. Based on Chris' autobiography, the film has received six Oscar nominations including best picture, best actor for Bradley and best adapted screenplay.

Bowling For Columbine filmmaker Michael targeted marksmen in warfare, tweeting: "My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren't heroes. And invaders r worse.[sic]"

The 60-year-old director later added: "But if you're on the roof of your home defending it from invaders who've come 7K miles, you are not a sniper, u are brave, u are a neighbor. [sic]"

Michael's comments came after Seth Rogen claimed it was like the fake Nazi propaganda film, shown in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds.

The funnyman tweeted: "American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie that's showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds."

Michael won an Oscar in 2002 for his documentary Bowling For Columbine, which explores gun violence in America and the main reasons for the Columbine High School massacre.

His other documentary films include Fahrenheit 9/11 about President George W Bush's involvement in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Capitalism: A Love Story about corporate greed and the global economic meltdown of the late 2000s, and Sicko, focusing on the American health system.

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