The first time David O. Russell phoned Bradley Cooper, it was midafternoon on a fall day a few years ago, and the topic, ostensibly at least, was Cooper’s possible involvement in either the adaptation of the horror-lit mash-up “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” or a couple of other movies Russell had recently written. The connection was spotty, so the actor climbed out onto the roof of his house to keep the conversation going. By the time they said goodbye, the sun had nearly set.
Cooper and Russell didn’t end up collaborating on any of those projects, but their lengthy exchange that day and subsequent meetings led to Cooper eventually winning the role of Pat Solitano, the bipolar protagonist in Russell’s chaotic comedy “Silver Linings Playbook.” It was a part originally intended for Mark Wahlberg in a movie that had initially been scheduled to shoot before “The Fighter,” the 2010 Wahlberg-headlined drama that marked Russell’s comeback as a filmmaker adept at making entertaining, off-center movies that connect with both critics and audiences.
“We spoke a lot while he was casting the movie, and by that time we’d really hit it off,” Cooper says. “But it was never about me being in it. Even at this point, I never thought it’d be in my landscape to be in a David O. Russell movie. But I will tell you that the whole reason I took out a loan from the government to go to grad school and then move to L.A. to be on a TV show was all to be here at a table with this man. That was the goal.”
Russell’s talent as a filmmaker can be seen with a simple glance at his résumé — “The Fighter,” “Three Kings,” “Flirting With Disaster.” He also has a realknack for casting well-known actors in roles that go against type. In “Silver Linings,” audiences discover that Jennifer Lawrence, playing a force-of-nature neighbor opposite Cooper, has a dazzling flair for screwball comedy. It’s also quickly apparent that Cooper, moving between Pat’s volatility and vulnerability, possesses a range unimagined from watching him in the “Hangover” movies.
“Pat’s hunger and determination to reintroduce himself were matched perfectly by Bradley’s determination as a performer who hadn’t shown many of his dimensions,” Russell says. “Bradley was really desperate to be seen as not just another pretty face.”
Cooper seems mostly content to let this assertation alone, despite Russell’s prodding otherwise. “As an actor, you want to feel like you have a partner,” Cooper says, looking at Russell. “Someone who wants you to jump on your own, but they’re also falling with you. You can’t be coddled, but you want to feel safe enough to jump. And that’s what he provides.”
When thinking about their collaboration, the image that comes to Cooper’s minds is “two heads coming together humming.” The two went over every line in the script together, revision upon revision, finding the character and devising a third-act arc that departs significantly from the source material, Matthew Quick’s 2008 novel. In the end, Cooper says, Pat became a way to investigate a part of himself, delving into feelings of anger and emptiness that he hadn’t fully explored.
Cooper’s mother, Gloria, who was often on the Philadelphia set during filming, found his transformation convincing, though he wasn’t quite sure if he wanted to accept her praise.
“She said, ‘Bradley, it’s like you’re not acting,'” Cooper remembers. “And I’m saying, ‘What do you mean I’m not acting? Mom, this guy’s bipolar!” Cooper laughs. “It was really funny because she was so dead-serious. But she wasn’t wrong. I had reached a point where it was just happening. But, yeah, couldn’t it have been like Face (the action hero Cooper played in “The A-Team”)? Isn’t that who I really am? It’s Pat Solitano? Really? OK. I guess I’m cool with that, Mom.”
Bradley attended the 2012 Satellite Awards yesterday, where both Silver Linings Playbook and himself won pretty big awards. They nabbed the biggest awards of the night, winning 5 awards total. Bradley won Best Actor and the film won Best Picture. Congratulations to Bradley, as well as the movie and all the cast members! You can check out a full list of awards that Bradley and Silver Linings Playbook won last night below:
Motion Picture: Silver Linings Playbook
Actress in a Motion Picture: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Actor in a Motion Picture: Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Director: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Film Editing: Jay Cassidy, Silver Linings Playbook
Entertainment Weekly has released the very first movie still of Bradley from The Hangover: Part III. It’s only a MQ version, but it will be replaced with and HQ version when I can get my hands on one. Enjoy!
Movie Productions > The Hangover: Part III > Production Stills
Hi everybody! As you know, Bradley visited Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Friday, December 14th. I finally updated the gallery with screen captures! I uploaded 573 screen captures of Bradley from the interview. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can check the video out here. Enjoy!
Screen Captures > Talk Shows > 2012 > Dec 14: Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
Bradley appeared on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson last night to promote his new film Silver Linings Playbook. You can check out the interview below. It’s a great interview and surprisingly they have great chemistry! Definitely a must watch! Screen Captures will be in the gallery here shortly. Enjoy!
This really isn’t “news,” but I thought this article was quite interesting. Most Bradley fans know these facts, but it’s fun to read if you didn’t happen to know. Check it out!
Despite being dethroned by this year’s Sexiest Man Alive, Channing Tatum, Bradley Cooper doesn’t seem to have lost any sex appeal over the past year. He was just nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor for his portrayal opposite Jennifer Lawrence in the offbeat comedy Silver Linings Playbook. Here are five things you may not know about Bradley Cooper.
1. Graduated from Washington D.C.’s prestigious Georgetown University with a degree in English.
2. Speaks French fluently.
3. He’s always loved to cook — especially Italian food — and even as a kid said he used to whip up dishes for his classmates.”I prided myself in taking whatever was in the fridge and turning it into lasagna,” he told Entertainment Weekly.
4. Once worked as a doorman for the Morgan Hotel in New York.
5. First on-screen appearance was in an episode of TV’s Sex and the City in 1999 before he starred as a regular on the Jennifer Garner spy series Alias.
Bradley was spotted this past Wednesday, December 12th, in Los Angeles heading to lunch with a pal of his. You can view 5 MQ photos of Bradley in the gallery. Enjoy!
Candid Photos > Candids from 2012 > Dec 12: Heading to Lunch with a Friend in LA
Hi everybody! I just updated the gallery with 2,200+ screen captures of Bradley from various talk show he made appearances on in 2012. There are 2 talk show appearances that I am missing, but I am hoping to get my hands on them real soon. So those will be uploaded when I get them. I hope you enjoy the screen captures and keep checking back for more updates!
Screen Captures > Talk Shows > 2012 > Nov 12 – Charlie Rose
Screen Captures > Talk Shows > 2012 > Nov 13 – The Today Show
Screen Captures > Talk Shows > 2012 > Nov 16 – The Today Show
Screen Captures > Talk Shows > 2012 > Nov 21 – The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Screen Captures > Talk Shows > 2012 > Oct 20 – The Jonathan Ross Show
“I’m in Los Angeles, in my bed, right now,” Bradley Cooper said early this morning, shortly after he was nominated for a bunch of Golden Globe awards, as a star and a producer of “Silver Linings Playbook.” Across the country, we were similarly comfy. “Life’s strange, isn’t it?” said Mr. Cooper, audibly jolly. “We could actually take photographs and send them to one another. We could actually FaceTime – there’s no end to the level of communication that we could have right now.”
Don’t tempt us. Let’s get to the matter of the film, a relatively low-budget feature that has been treated by its distributor, the Weinstein Company, as an indie.
“We did a small release and decided to let the movie sell itself,” Mr. Cooper said, “which was what we thought would be the best marketing tool.” It’s worked: the film has kept mostly steady at the box office since it opened in November. “It’s a word-of-mouth film,” he said. “Luckily for us the word of mouth has been across-the-board wonderful.” (It’s made nearly $14.5 million domestically so far, and another $8.3 million internationally; the budget is estimated at $21 million, according to Boxofficemojo.com.)
The film also has its share of quotable moments, thanks to a script by David O. Russell (also nominated, though Mr. Russell was overlooked as director). Mr. Cooper has not yet become a catchphrase magnet to the public, but in his own circle, it’s a different story.
“Me and the guys that are in the movie, we quote the movie to each other,” he said. “I mean, way too much. Dash and Shea and John and Pauly Herman, we all hang out a lot.” (That would be his cast mates Dash Mihok, Shea Whighan, John Ortiz and Paul Herman.)
“It’s very sad when you’re quoting a movie that you’re in,” Mr. Cooper said, laughing, and adding by way of explanation, “I was in the editing room for five months, so I saw the movie 8,000 times.”
Since “Silver Linings Playbook” is nominated as best comedy/musical, and since it hinges on a big dance number, if the Globes telecast producers asked Mr. Cooper and his co-star Jennifer Lawrence to reprise their pas de deux, would he be game?
“That would be hilarious for us,” Mr. Cooper said, “and it might be really boring for everyone else. It’s one thing to shoot it, it’s another thing to watch it all in its wide glory.”
He was quick to note that he and Ms. Lawrence did all their own moves, though. “There was never even a discussion about dance doubles,” he said.
He didn’t quite know what clip he’d like shown during the telecast – “the movie has so many different tones,” he said – but he did recall what clip was used when “There Will Be Blood,” with Daniel Day-Lewis, was nominated. “It was when he was getting baptized and screaming,” he said.
“I hope that Daniel Day-Lewis” —a best actor nominee again this year for “Lincoln” — “shows up for SAGs and Golden Globes,” Mr. Cooper said, “because I just want be around him.”
“And Bill Murray!” he added. (Mr. Murray is a nominee for “Hyde Park on Hudson.”) “I got lucky with the right year, I’ll tell you that. That’s all I care about – I just want to be in the room with all these people, that’s the coolest part about the whole thing, is to get to watch them.”
It took almost no prodding, dear reader, to get Mr. Cooper to deliver a pretty good impression of Mr. Day-Lewis, screaming about his milkshake.
“I leaned up in bed and did his physical action,” Mr. Cooper said. “He’s the best.”