Retired Navy SEAL talks ‘American Sniper’

Retired Navy SEAL Kevin Lacz talks with Good Morning Connecticut about appearing as himself in the movie "American Sniper" (WTNH)

(WTNH) — The movie “American Sniper” has been in theaters since Christmas Day. Good Morning Connecticut invited Connecticut native and retired Navy SEAL Kevin Lacz, who served in Iraq, to come into the studio to talk about appearing as himself in the movie.

When asked what it was like to appear in the movie, Lacz said, “It was kind of surreal. Having been in the SEAL teams, and fast forward a couple of years and you’re on set with Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper. Once you get over that, it was easy sailing.”

Lacz started off on the film as a Technical Advisor, but then was convinced to go into acting.

“My wife had made contact with the writer early on, and I had just done some technical work, answering a few questions here and there,” Lacz said. “After Chris’ murder in February, the writer came down to the funeral and met a bunch of the SEALs, and I took more of a role of answering stuff about Chris, because Chris was no longer with us. Fast forward a little bit further and the next thing you know I’m work with Rob Lorenz [Producer] and Andrew Lazar [Producer] and training Bradley Cooper.”

Watch both segments of the interview from Good Morning Connecticut here:

And our own U.S. Marine, Gil Simmons, invites Kevin Lacz to help out with weather, and somehow it winds up with some push-ups…

This Sunday, a special screening of ‘American Sniper’ will take place at the Starplex Cinemas in Kensington, followed by a reception at the Crown Plaza hotel in Cromwell. News 8’s Gil Simmons will be the Master of Ceremonies for the event, and Kevin Laczwill be the guest of honor.

The event features lots of great raffle items to benefit Connecticut Trees of Honor, to help them finish their veterans park in Middletown. Proceeds will also go to the Chris Kyle Memorial in Texas, which benefits the Guardians for Heroes program.

2015-02-06 Kevin Lacz Event

Tickets can be purchased here

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