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Exclusive: Screenwriter on significance of 'American Sniper'

This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," January 15, 2015. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNITY, HOST : Jason Hall who wrote the script for "American Sniper" joins us for the show. Thanks for being with. What an incredible story.  Tomorrow night I'm actually going to interview his wife and his father.  When you look at this, Hollywood does not have a history of being kind to movies like this. Why is that?

JASON HALL, "AMERICAN SNIPER" SCREENWRITER: I don't know. I mean, I think you can look at it, and Hollywood does love their war movies. I think that there is a certain type of war movie that works and a certain type that doesn't. But we feel very blessed to have been embraced by the Academy. And this movie has resonated with people and I think it resonated with that particular audience as well.

HANNITY: All right, so you wrote the script for the movie. This guy has more confirmed kills than any other sniper, soldier in American history. What was in your mind as you were putting this whole thing together?

HALL: I wanted to know who Chris Kyle was. When I went to Texas to meet Chris that was what was in my mind. What did this cost him? Did it cost him something? Was this job hard for him or was it easy for him? And I felt that it was extremely difficult and I feel like it took a real toll on him. 

HANNITY: Well, you know, I think it's also the tours and deployment.  They spent how many years in theater. That's a long time consecutively.  All right, you're making life and death decisions every day and you've got to decide, they're telling you, you choose, you decide whether to kill somebody, whether somebody lives or dies or not. Then you have to come home and be a dad and husband. That's not an easy thing to do. 

HALL: That's right. That's right. And those decisions that they make live with them for the rest of their lives. And every soldier that goes over there has his version of that where he's asked to make a decision that will stick with him for possibly the rest of his life. 

HANNITY: Yes. What is your hope? I would like to see the movie get the best -- I think this was the best movie of the year. That is my opinion. I saw it, and I was on the edge of my seat. What are your thoughts, predictions? 

HALL: My hope is that this enables us to understand a little bit more about what these soldiers go through, and in doing that maybe we can welcome them home in a way that we weren't able to before and we can understand what they go through and be able to engage them in a conversation so they don't feel like they're so alone with all this turmoil and all these decisions made. And certainly I think as a government and as a community that we can do a better job of welcoming them home. 

HANNITY: And having met Chris and watched Bradley Cooper in the movie -- by the way, this is how the movie starts with that scene where the young boy and the woman fully covered, he's got to make a decision about what it is that this woman is passing to this young boy and there are soldiers nearby. I won't give the movie away and what happens. Having met Chris and having watched Bradley Cooper on the screen, do you think he captured who Chris really is? 

HALL: Absolutely. You know, goes beyond the weight he put on and the accent that he did. There was something magical about what Bradley was able to do. And the first time I saw him as Chris on camera I got goose bumps. And Taya had the same reaction. She walked out of the theater the first time and she said I don't know how he did that. He brought my husband back to life. 

HANNITY: Amazing. All right, great job, congratulation. I appreciate you being with us.

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