All great fun but Cooper’s had his Phil

Bradley Cooper cures his hang­over,

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go­ing in­side of him that I could re­late to. The im­age I had when I was talk­ing to Bradley was a pot of boil­ing wa­ter with a lid on it. There was a rum­bling. A great storm un­derneath him.

‘‘I was so taken by th­ese con­ver­sa­tions I had with him that I rewrote the script of this char­ac­ter Avery for him in a way to show the au­di­ence the same change and per­cep­tion I had of him.

‘‘On the out­side Avery would be pa­raded around as a hero who would be the Sex­i­est Man Alive, but on the in­side there was a cor­rup­tion hap­pen­ing. There was a toxic shame and there was any­thing but a hero.’’

Cooper smiles when he hears the Cian­france story. The Hang­over films may have pi­geon­holed him un­til Sil­ver Lin­ings Play­book (for which he was nom­i­nated for an Os­car), but he says his role as Wolf Pack leader was a bless­ing.

‘‘I ex­pe­ri­enced that way be­fore Hang­over,’’ he says.

‘‘I was like the guy from Alias. ‘Isn’t he just kind of a nice guy?’. Or the guy from Wed­ding Crash­ers. ‘Isn’t he just an ass­hole?’ You are al­ways deal­ing with the one idea some­one has of you, no mat­ter what. ‘‘That was not some­thing The Hang­over was unique in. But, what it did do was Derek Cian­france knew what The Hang­over was. The fact I was even dis­cussed for that movie was be­cause of The Hang­over. ‘‘It has only been a great thing.’’ As great as The Hang­over films have been for Cooper and his co-stars Ed Helms and Zach Gal­i­fi­anakis, the third chap­ter, which takes them from the wild Mex­i­can-US bor­der town of Ti­juana to a grand fi­nale in Las Vegas, is the fi­nal film. There will not be a Hang­over IV. ‘‘That’s it,’’ Cooper says. ‘‘It’s over.’’

The Place Be­yond The Pines is screen­ing now. The Hang­over III opens to­day.

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