Bradley talks about working again with director David O. Russell and hashing out scenes with Amy Adams and Louis C.K. in ‘American Hustle.’
LATIMES.COM – This time last year, while Bradley Cooper was making the rounds for his Oscar-nominated lead actor turn in David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook,” he was also getting ready to get back in the ring with Russell for “American Hustle.” The day after the Oscars, Cooper flew to Boston to begin work on the con artist comedy, in which he plays a live-wire FBI agent trying to make a name for himself with the Abscam sting operation. In a video interview, he spoke to The Envelope about his Oscar-nominated supporting role. Here are excerpts from the conversation.
How did your character evolve from when Russell started writing the script to where he ended up?
It had quite a journey. I’d say that the character in the Eric Singer scripts through to the Richie DiMaso that’s on the film couldn’t be more different. The main thing we wanted to do was create an antagonist who was, hopefully, going to be as colorful or be in the same world of interesting as the Irving Rosenfeld or Edith Greensly or Rosalyn characters. You know, to make him not so much of a guy that you may have seen in other movies.
One of the things we started with was making me a bit unrecognizable so there would be no connection made, and we came up with the curly hair, and that was sort of a window in. Just finding little windows, the sort of habits that he would have, helped align us. And then through that, the Louis C.K. character became very clear as his counterpoint. What we discovered was this sort of petulant child that Richie DiMaso is, this sort of guy who just desperately wants to hang out with the cool kids and also sort of wants to be a man. So he changes the way he looks — he wants to take down white-collar crime because that sort of world oppressed his family growing up, but he’s not really at all equipped emotionally to deal with any of it.
Right, when you see him at home, he’s holed up in the bathroom of the apartment he’s sharing with his mother and he’s eating a chicken wing. It’s not what you would call a traditional FBI agent, is it?
That’s right. He’s trying to get a little distance, he’s suffocated in this house, so the only salvation he has is sitting on the toilet, listening to the baseball game, eating a chicken wing — a chicken leg. And you’re like, “Oh, man, how does that guy show up to work and basically talk to his superior officer and try to convince him into opening a new department of the FBI?”
How did you get that tightly curled hair?
We tried a lot of wigs, and I just looked like somebody from the Three Stooges. And then we curled the hair one day [with curlers] because, to perm it, it would’ve been a bit permanent if it didn’t work. So we put 110 curlers in, and then I sat underneath a heat lamp for 45 minutes on each side, and then it was moved. The whole thing was three hours. And we sort of loved what it did, and we thought, “Let’s not mess with it, let’s just do that,” but not really thinking that, “Oh, that means I’ll have to do it every single day.”
Though a 30-second “Guardians” spot was widely reported, Marvel and Disney have a plan to roll out the characters “in the biggest and best way possible”
THEWRAP.COM – Marvel fans hoping to get a first glimpse of this summer’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie during the Super Bowl are going to be pretty krutacking disappointed in this news: It’s not happening.
Though “Guardians” was widely reported (not on TheWrap, for the record) as one of a handful of films that would get a 30-second spot during the game, director James Gunn threw cold water on fans of the once-obscure comicbook series that Marvel and Disney hope will expand its cinematic superhero universe into the cosmos.
Gunn first made the annoucement via Twitter …
For those of you asking about a #gotg Super Bowl spot, there will not be one but we will have something incredibly awesome for you soon.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) January 24, 2014
… then followed up with a more detailed explanation on Facebook:
Although I announced it on Twitter, I’m still getting questions about it on FB, so I thought I’d share here as well – the news reports of there being a Guardians of the Galaxy Super Bowl spot are incorrect. So if you’re a fan planning on sitting through hours of football only to get your #GotG fix – don’t! I know many of you are dying for a glimpse into the universe we’re creating – believe me, I hear you loud and clear hundreds of times a day, and I am dying even more to share it with you – IT’S KILLING ME THAT I CAN’T SHOW YOU A GLIMPSE – but Marvel and Disney have had a plan in place for a long time for the rollout of these characters in the biggest and best way possible, serving the widest audience as possible. Trust that they know what they’re doing, as they’ve been through this a few times before. And please be patient. Your enthusiasm, as always, is more than appreciated.
So much for the old adage that movie stars head to Broadway to revive their flagging film careers – or to announce that they are available to appear on television.
No less than Bradley Cooper, currently Oscar nominated for his role in American Hustle, is bound for the Great White Way, in a revival of Bernard Pomerance’s 1979 Tony-winning best drama, The Elephant Man, reports Entertainment Weekly.
The show is due to open in the fall. Further details and other casting news have yet to be announced.
Actor Philip Anglim was nominated for a Tony for his performance in the original Broadway production, and John Hurt was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar when he played the role in David Lynch’s 1980 film, which was not based on the play. (The movie was also nominated for Best Picture.)
The most recent Broadway revival was a 2002 production with Billy Crudup and Kate Burton, who were both nominated for Tonys.
The story concerns the real-life John Merrick, a severely disfigured 19th- century Englishman who struggles to live with dignity.
Cooper, 39, played the role to excellent reviews in a summer 2012 limited run at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts.
“For anyone who has any doubts, Mr. Cooper is not just a movie star, he’s an actor,” said critic Jeffrey Borak of the Berkshire Eagle.
Cooper’s last appearance on Broadway was in 2006, alongside Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd in the Richard Greenberg drama Three Days of Rain.
Earlier this week it was reported that Hugh Jackman and Daniel Radcliffe are also both returning to Broadway.
When Cooper appeared in the Williamstown production, PEOPLE.com readers were polled on whether or not they liked his on-stage look – which had him smooth-chested.
Overwhelming, readers told him to drop the razor. His hairy chest took it by a landslide, 94%.
Bradley Cooper is dapper as can be while walking the red carpet at the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on Saturday (January 18) in Los Angeles, California. Unfortunately he did not win for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, but he did win Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, alongside the full cast of “American Hustle.” You can check out 358 MQ and HQ photos of Bradley at the award show. I want to thank Mandy, Ann, Kierra, and Marina for the HQ versions. You can also check out 2 videos from the award show below. Enjoy!
FYI: Bradley is wearing a Gucci tuxedo, David Yurman studs and cuff links, and an IWC watch.
Public Appearances > Events from 2014 > Jan 18: 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards – Arrivals
Public Appearances > Events from 2014 > Jan 18: 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards – Show
Public Appearances > Events from 2014 > Jan 18: 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards – Press Room
Public Appearances > Events from 2014 > Jan 18: 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards – Backstage
Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tina Fey, John Goodman, Josh Holloway, Pauley Perrette, and Jeremy Renner are confirmed to present at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer/Director Jeff Margolis and Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today.
They join a growing list of actors who will honor their colleagues at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, including Ben Affleck, Sasha Alexander, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Robert De Niro, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Garner, Clark Gregg, Tom Hanks, SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lawrence, Jared Leto, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Marsden, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Julia Roberts, Elisabeth Röhm, Kevin Spacey, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Kerry Washington, Forest Whitaker, and Oprah Winfrey.
Amy Adams has been nominated for six Actor® statuettes — including one this year for David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” as a member of the film’s cast. She was first nominated for a SAG Award in 2006 in the supporting actress category for “Junebug.” Adams also earned previous nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role and cast performances for both “The Fighter” in 2011 and “Doubt” in 2009.
Nominated for his third SAG Award this year, Bradley Cooper is being recognized as a member of the “American Hustle” film cast. He earned his first two Actor award nods last year for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role and Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture in David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook.” He next stars in the untitled Cameron Crowe project to be released later this year.
Benedict Cumberbatch receives his first two Actor® nominations this year for cast performances in “12 Years a Slave” and “August: Osage County.” He will next be seen as Alan Turing in Morten Tyldum’s dramatic thriller “The Imitation Game” and as The Necromancer in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: There and Back Again.”
Seven-time Actor® award recipient Tina Fey is nominated twice this year for her role as Liz Lemon in “30 Rock.” She has received a total of 14 SAG Awards nominations for both leading and ensemble roles in the NBC series since 2008. Seven seasons, 139 episodes, and five Actor® statuettes later, actor/writer/creator Fey bid adieu to the NBC comedy series. She will star with Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell next in the Walt Disney Pictures film “Muppets Most Wanted.” She will also be seen in Shawn Levy’s “This Is Where I Leave You” this September alongside fellow SAG nominee Jason Bateman.
John Goodman received his first Actor® award for a cast performance in “Argo” last year. His recent film roles include the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” and his reprisal of the role of Sulley in “Monsters University,” the sequel to the Disney-Pixar animated film “Monsters, Inc.” He will next appear in George Clooney’s World War II action film “The Monuments Men” alongside Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, and Matt Damon.
Josh Holloway earned an Actor® award in 2006 alongside the cast of ABC’s “Lost.” He currently stars as Gabriel Vaughn in the CBS drama series “Intelligence.” On the big screen, he will next be seen opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joe Manganiello, Sam Worthington and Terrence Howard in the action film “Sabotage.”
Pauley Perrette has played the tech-savvy yet unconventional forensic scientist Abby Sciuto in the drama “NCIS” since 2003. Garnering 23.24 million total viewers around the world, the CBS series remains the most-watched show on television. She has also appeared on popular small screen shows like “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Murder One,” “24,” and “The Drew Carey Show.” Her feature film credits include “The Price of Kissing,” “Almost Famous,” “Hungry Hearts,” “The Ring,” and “Ash Tuesday.”
Four-time SAG Award nominee, Jeremy Renner is up for a cast award this year for his performance in “American Hustle.” He earned his first two Actor® award nominations in 2010 for both leading role and as cast member of the film “The Hurt Locker.” Renner also was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role as James Coughlin in Ben Affleck’s 2011 drama “The Town.”
Forgot they were live? Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper got bleeped during their acceptance speeches at the 2014 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, Calif. on Thursday, Jan. 16. Bullock was the first to drop the F-bomb, but was quickly followed by her former All About Steve costar.
Shortly into the awards show, airing on the CW, the 49-year-old actress took the stage to accept the award for Best Actress in an Action Movie for her role in Gravity. “I’d like to thank Jackie Chan, Sylvester Stallone, Jean-Claude Van Damme for teaching me everything I know,” she joked. “It’s not easy doing what we do, people.” But before she could continue, a recording loudly interrupted her over the PA system, saying, “Choice Movie Awards.”
Bullock looked completely shocked and mouthed, “What the f–k?” Fortunately, the CW was quick to censor the actress during their slight delay. “I’m an action hero. You do not do that to an action hero,” the Heat star said, before continuing with her speech.
Shortly after Bullock’s memorable speech, Cooper, 39, took the stage to accept the Best Acting Ensemble Award for American Hustle. The CW managed to censor Cooper’s reference to his costars as “these f–king actors.”
Bullock and Cooper weren’t alone, however, in their onstage slip-ups. Cate Blanchett dropped the S-bomb during her acceptance speech for Best Actress for her role as Jasmine French in Blue Jasmine. The CW once again caught the mistake and bleeped her out. “They couldn’t give a s**t what I do, and for that I’m eternally grateful,” she joked of her three sons onstage. “But you need to be grateful that it is I, and not Jasmine French, who is your mother,” she continued of her unforgettably loopy character.
Bradley Cooper is all suited up on the red carpet at the 2014 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards held at Barker Hanger on Thursday (January 16) in Santa Monica, California. You can check out 163 MQ and HQ photos of Bradley at the award show. Unfortunately Bradley did not win, but “American Hustle” scored 5 wins at the show. You can also check out the cast accepting their award below. Enjoy the photos and video!
FYI: Bradley is wearing Bottega Veneta.
Public Appearances > Events from 2014 > Jan 16: 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards – Arrivals
Public Appearances > Events from 2014 > Jan 16: 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards – Show
Public Appearances > Events from 2014 > Jan 16: 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards – Backstage
The nominees for the 86th Annual Academy Awards were just announced and Bradley bagged a nomination for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for his role in “American Hustle”. He’s up against Jared Leto, Michael Fassbender, Jonah Hill, and Barkhad Abdi. This marks Bradley’s second Oscar nomination.
“American Hustle” leads with a total of 10 nods, including “Best Picture”, “Best Director”, and “Best Original Screenplay”. Brad’s co-stars, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale and Amy Adams, are also nominated.
The Oscars will air live Sunday, March 2, on ABC.
Bradley Cooper is dapper in a tuxedo at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday (January 12) in Beverly Hills, California. Unfortunately Bradley did not win for Best Supporting Actor last night. The award instead went to Jared Leto. However, “American Hustle” did win 3 awards of the night, which include Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, Best Actress – Comedy or Musical, and Best Supporting Actress – Comedy or Musical. You can check out 133 MQ and HQ photos of Bradley at the award show. Hopefully I’ll be able to replace the MQ photos with HQ versions soon. Enjoy!
FYI: Bradley is wearing a Tom Ford suit with David Yurman cufflinks.
Public Appearances > Events from 2014 > Jan 12: 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards – Arrivals
Public Appearances > Events from 2014 > Jan 12: 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards – Show
Public Appearances > Events from 2014 > Jan 12: 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards – Press Room
Public Appearances > Events from 2014 > Jan 12: 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards – Weinstein After Party
I just updated the gallery with 60 HD screen captures of Bradley from the official red carpet coverage of the 2014 Golden Globe Awards. It was a short little interview, but it was nice to see Bradley on the red carpet. I’ll have the interview posted here soon. So keep checking back for that, as well as tons of photos to come! Enjoy!
Screen Captures > Award Shows > 2014 > Jan 12: 2014 Golden Globe Awards – Red Carpet