Jesse Ventura Calls 'American Sniper' 's Chris Kyle a Liar, Not a Hero

The former Minnesota governor and ex-Navy SEAL has a long-running dispute with the late Chris Kyle

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Jesse Ventura says he won’t see American Sniper – which will come as no surprise to those who’ve followed his legal skirmish with the late Chris Kyle.

The former Minnesota governor – who was served in the Navy before he began his wrestling career – told the Associated Press that he’s skipping the movie because Kyle is no hero to him.

“A hero must be honorable, must have honor. And you can’t have honor if you’re a liar. There is no honor in lying,” said Ventura, 63.

Ventura’s problems with Kyle, who died at age 38 on a Texas gun range in 2013, date back to the 2012 publication of Kyle’s bestselling memoir. Ventura won a defamation lawsuit against Kyle over an unnamed person in the book, Scruff Face, who disparages the war and the SEALs. Kyle later said Scruff Face was Ventura.

HarperCollins removed the Scruff Face section from the book, and it is not mentioned in the film.

Ventura also told the AP that the movie is mere propaganda because it falsely suggests Iraq was connected to the 9/11 attacks. “It’s as authentic as Dirty Harry,” he said.

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