The guy who killed Osama bin Laden said Jessica Chastain is "awesome" in "Zero Dark Thirty."
Chastain is nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for playing CIA Agent "Maya," based on a real woman whose identity remains hidden.
In a new interview with Esquire magazine, the anonymous Navy SEAL (referred to as "the Shooter" throughout the article) talks about how killing bin Laden in May 2011 changed his and his family's lives and about the film based on the raid in Pakistan.
The Shooter said Chastain's portrayal was "awesome. They made her a tough woman, which she is," he said, according to Us Weekly.
He also talked about the film's inaccuracies. He said there was too much talking between SEAL team members -- silence is the standard practice -- and they would never yell "breacher" during an assault.
"It was fun to watch. There was just little stuff," he said. "The helos (helicopters) turned the wrong way (toward the target), and they talked way, way too much (during the assault on bin Laden's compound). If someone was waiting for you, they could track your movements that way."
While watching the film, he said "They torture the (expletive) out of people in this movie, don't they? Everyone is chained to something."
He does not make clear whether he believes the movie was accurate in this regard.
The Shooter said tactics "sucked" in the film and "the mission in the damn movie took way too long" compared to real events. "When Osama went down, it was chaos, people screaming. No one called his name. They Hollywooded it up some."
According to Us, the Shooter said he brought the real-life "Maya" over to bin Laden's body and she cried. "That's when I took my magazine out of my gun and gave it to her as a souvenir," he said. "Twenty-seven bullets left in it. That was the last time I saw her."