All great fun but Cooper’s had his Phil
Bradley Cooper cures his hangover,
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.