Gary Sinise is calling out Howard Dean, saying the former Democratic presidential candidate made a “stupid blanket statement” by suggesting that filmgoers who see “American Sniper” are “angry.”

The “Forrest Gump” actor, a Republican who supports several military veterans’ organizations, took to Twitter on Monday to respond to Dean’s remarks about the blockbuster movie.


In an appearance Friday on Bill Maher’s HBO show, “Real Time,” Dean said, “There’s a lot of anger in this country and the people who go see this movie are people who are very angry.”

“I bet you if you looked at a cross section of the Tea Party and the people who go see this movie, there’s a lot of intersection,” the former Vermont governor added.

In a Monday tweet, Sinise wrote, “To Howard Dean, I saw “American Sniper” and would not consider myself to be an angry person.”

The Academy Award-nominated actor wrote, “You certainly have a right to make stupid blanket statements, suggesting that all people who see this film are angry, but how is that helpful sir?”

“It helps to communicate the toll that the war on terror has taken on our defenders. Defenders and families who need our support,” Sinise said through an online post.

“I will admit that perhaps somewhere among the masses of people who are going to see the film there may be a few that might have some anger or have been angry at some point in their lives, but, with all due respect, what the hell are you talking about?”

The former Democratic National Committee chairman and the entertainer are just the latest public figures to weigh in on the controversial film that stars Bradley Cooper as late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Director Michael Moore and actor Seth Rogen are among the celebrities who have been blasted by everyone from Sarah Palin to Newt Gingrich for their criticism of the Clint Eastwood-directed film.

“American Sniper” has reportedly raked in more than $200 million nationwide since opening nationwide earlier this month.