Canadian Sniper is the Oscar film parody we've all been waiting for

It doesn't get much more Canadian than this: a Canadian Sniper parody video, produced by comedy duo Jeff Ayars and Dan Rosen, in which the villain is a 'gosh-darned' moose and the hero gulps maple syrup by the bottle.

Clint Eastwood's film about U.S. sniper Chris Kyle was up for best picture at the Oscars on Sunday

What would American Sniper look like if it was set in Canada? Well, the villain would be a "gosh-darned" moose and the hero would gulp down maple syrup by the bottle.

That's the vision realized in the Canadian Sniper parody video produced by comedy duo Jeff Ayars and Dan Rosen, otherwise known as Cannibal Milkshake.

While it's Clint Eastwood's film about U.S. sniper Chris Kyle that's up for best picture at the Oscars Sunday night, it was Canadian Sniper racking up accolades online before the awards show. 

Believe it or not, Ayars isn't actually Canadian and says his knowledge of Canuck culture starts and ends with Ryan Gosling.

The idea for the parody came as a result of his passing resemblance to Bradley Cooper, an opportunity the comedy duo simply couldn't pass up.

"Canadian Sniper seemed like an opportunity to simultaneously satirize the intense patriotism of American Sniper as well as the obtuse stereotypes Americans have of Canadians," Ayars said in an email. 

The comedian and filmmaker says he was actually expecting Canadians to be much more critical of the video and has been surprised by the positive reaction to all the Tim Hortons and "aboot" jokes.

He says both he and Rosen are pleased that they seemed to "hit the syrup nail on the head."


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