Cooper cracks it
Cooper plays down his Hangover clowning in a bid to be a serious actor in The Words, about a struggling writer who passes off a novel by an old man (Jeremy Irons) as his own. Even though Cooper is riding high after The Hangover franchise and was named last year’s Sexiest Man Alive, he says he’s still not the most confident person. Like the novelist character he plays, he can relate to a career filled with constant rejection. ‘‘I was very scared that I was going to fail these two guys when they asked me to do it,’’ he says of The Words’ first-time directors Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal. Cooper says he didn’t crack his character until a week before shooting started. Doubling his anxiety was the prospect of working with Irons. But the Oscar winner turned out to be all charm. ‘‘I remember the most nervous I’ve ever been was meeting Christopher Walken during Wedding Crashers,’’ Cooper says. ‘‘(But) talk about a guy who puts you at ease. I just kind of fell in love with him – and Jeremy Irons follows suit completely. These two guys never directed a movie before and Jeremy Irons shows up and he made everybody feel completely at ease.’’ This new phase in Cooper’s career – he’s set to return to Broadway next year to star as John Merrick in The Elephant Man – doesn’t mean he’s leaving the misadventures of the Wolf Pack behind. The Hangover Part III began filming last month, with the final instalment reportedly taking the crew to Tijuana for who-knows-what levels of debauchery. ‘‘Todd Phillips is, in my opinion, the best comedic director around, and Zach (Galifianakis) and Ed (Helms) are incredible and Ken Jeong has just grown and grown. We’ve got great actors coming aboard this third one, too, so I can’t wait,’’ Cooper says.
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