Larry Wilmore on ‘American Sniper’s’ $200 Million Box Office: Cost of ’40 Seconds’ of Iraq War (Video)

“Bradley Cooper is the new R-rated Jesus,” Nightly Show host says

Last Updated: January 27, 2015 @ 6:36 AM

Larry Wilmore took on the American Sniper controversy Monday, equating the record January total the Iraq War movie has hauled in to how much the war cost.

“200 million — man — that’s the cost of about 40 seconds of the actual Iraq War,” Wilmore said, adding that since the movie is on pace to surpass “Passion of the Christ” as the number-one R-rated movie,  Bradley Cooper can now be anointed the new ‘R-rated Jesus.'”

A panel of veterans, Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi, and comedian Sabrina Jalees joined Wilmore to take sides on the good and bad aspects of the Clint Eastwood-directed movie.

Taibbi, who wrote a scathing piece for Rolling Stone about the film, said it missed out on one important concept.

“The fact that they left out the part that we invaded the wrong country, I just think that was an important plot element,” he said. “I didn’t want to disparage veterans … I just think they left out some important historical details.”

Founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Paul Rieckhoff conceded the movie was boiled down to a black and white view of the war, but he’ll take it if it means millions of people are watching a movie about what veterans go through.

Watch Wilmore above and his panel below.