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Bradley Cooper visits DC for premiere of American Sniper.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) --- Actor Bradley Cooper drew a packed crowd at the US Navy Memorial Museum, Tuesday evening, 1.13.15.

Cooper was in town for the DC premiere of his latest film, American Sniper. The movie portrays the life and work of US Navy SEAL sniper, Chris Kyle. He was murdered in February, 2013, by a veteran he was trying to help.

The movie chronicles Kyle's experience as the "most lethal" sniper in US history and his journey back to family life. The film, directed by Clint Eastwood, also shows the struggle veterans endure after surviving war.

"I think we tend to lose sight of that. That the plight is not just something that the soldiers or the men and women in the armed forces go through but also their families," said Cooper to WUSA 9.

"And that was something that we wanted to shed light on with this film," Cooper continued.

American Sniper was supposed to be a living profile of Kyle. However, Cooper said, "never in a million years" did he imagine that he'd only get to speak to Kyle briefly before his unexpected death.

Kyle left behind children and wife, Taya Kyle, who also attended the premiere. She spoke to the media about the "heart and soul" investment the production crew and movie cast put forth for this film.

"And so I had a little bit of peace before I went into the movie," said Kyle.

"But coming out I didn't realize, perhaps, what a weight, I was maybe, still carrying. And it was lifted because they nailed it. They really got Chris with...just who he is."


The premiere audience mingled and snapped photos of Cooper and Kyle before the screening began. Vice President Joe Biden also showed up.

American Sniper opens in theaters on Friday, 1.16.15.

Reported/Produced by: Elizabeth Jia