Bradley Cooper Interview for The Hangover Part III
The Last Guy to Leave the Party
May 25, 2013
Interview by: Dan Deevy
DanDeevy@thecinemasource.com

Written by: Rocco Passafuime
RoccoPassafuime@thecinemasource.com


In the past six months, Bradley Cooper has went from a comedy star in Hollywood films like The Hangover movies, Valentine’s Day, The A-Team, and Limitless to landing his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor in the Silver Linings Playbook. Now the 38 year-old returns to the Wolfpack for a third round of crazy hijinks as Phil Wenneck in The Hangover Part III.

This time around, The Wolfpack return to Las Vegas after their comrade Alan, played by Zach Galifnakis, is having troubles mourning the death of his father. Cooper talks about his favorite moment from shooting all three films.

“We went to Venice and there was a windstorm,” Bradley mentions.

In regards to how much heart the third outing has, Bradley was asked if he gave his own input where he wanted to see Phil end up with the Wolfpack over the course of the film.

“It’s more along the lines of where we wanted the movie to end up,” he says, “I think we all think in terms of the story rather than each individual character. That’s what’s been so special about it. It does feel like a communal endeavor. The filming of the movie, the logistics of it, every day attacking a scene, it does feel like the four of us and ideas are thrown around and shared, and there’s no ownership at all. People sort of say that about collaborative experiences but this really is the case.”

“It started in the first one but it really manifested itself in an economical way in the third one,” Cooper continues, “Alan is one of the most incredible creations of a comedic character in decades in film, so the fact that the story revolves around how the heck this guy is and how can we tame the beast was a wonderful choice that Todd Phillips made. Hopefully, the one audiences want to see. My hunch is it will be because there’s no more lost night. There’s no more inebriated devastation. It’s just let’s take care of our friend.

Cooper was asked if there was a moment during filming where he couldn’t believe what he was doing.

“Everyday,” Bradley replies point blank.

Bradley talks about his weirdest moment filming The Hangover movies.

“The best part of answering that is going through and asking whether it was the baby in the closet or the monkey in the thing or the decapitated giraffe,” Cooper says.

Cooper had this to say, when it was brought up that the previous Hangover outing was criticized for being too dark.

“If you talk to Todd, he would say the third is the darkest, based on the content,” Bradley says, “All of the characters are unhinged in the second one. They’re out of their comfort zone and in a foreign land. They’re screaming at each other. They’re trying desperately to make their way but it’s not working. This third one, the goal is to help Alan, to get Doug back, but also to help Alan and be there for each other.”

“So there were a lot more scenes in the third one that were like the first one of just driving in the car together, in-between moments that the second one didn’t have as much of because Bangkok was so chaotic,” he adds, “There weren’t these quiet moments by the roadside or finding a condom that he thinks is a snakeskin. Those sorts of things weren’t able to happen in the second one whereas in the third one there was that room. That was why I enjoyed the third one a lot. We all did because we got a chance to just sit with each other like we did in the first one.

Bradley was asked how the cast reacted to the end of the film shoot

“We were conscious of not making it a big deal,” Cooper says, “There was no clapping. There was a nice party on the sound stage at Warner Bros., but it wasn’t the last day. The last day was the coda scene that we shot a month or two ago.

Cooper was then asked if the coda scene left an opening for another sequel.

“No,” Bradley replies, “That last bit was just a little bit of candy, not an opening up for another movie. The ending of the movie has closure and ties up everything that you didn’t even know wasn’t tied up, and moments from the first two movies.

Bradley was asked if he would ever consider working with Ed Helms and Zach Galifinakis again on something else.

“We would love to,” Cooper says, “Zach had a good idea yesterday that we actually do film “Hangover 4” with just a Flip-cam.

In the wake of the film’s success, Total Rewards casinos now sport slot machines bearing the film’s name. Cooper was asked if he ever has played it.

“My mom has,” Bradley replies.

Bradley talks about how Todd Phillips has evolved as a filmmaker over the course of making each Hangover film.

“I think he’s evolved, as we all have, and grown and evolved since the first film,” he believes, “Warner Bros. gave him creative flexibility to the nth degree for the first one, right down to marketing and everything. It is his vision executed down to us. Cinematically, you’re watching this guy just blossom. He’s got like a 110-piece orchestra scoring this third one as opposed to Kanye West scoring the first one basically.”

“The lenses he chose to use to film it are different and the scope is more cinematic,” Cooper continues, “The movie is quite stunning visually and rhythmically. No comedy director makes movies like this. There’s not one that I can think of that does it quite this way. That’s really why we keep coming back.

Cooper talks about one scene where The Wolfpack is hanging off a building.

“It was a huge stunt,” Bradley says, “It was a building that we built on a soundstage. It was the biggest sound stage that Warner Bros. had because it goes deep down into the ground.”

It was asked if it was true that Bradley’s next film he will star in will be Steven Spielberg’s American Sniper.

“Yeah,” Cooper replies, “We bought the rights to that about a year and a half ago.”

In the wake of his newfound Oscar attention with drama, it was asked if he will do more comedies still.

“Of course. I don’t see it at all as separate things,” Bradley replies, “As much as a drama Silver Linings Playbook was, there was a lot of comedy in it. We were very conscious of that as we were making it.”

“Also, American Hustle, which is a David O. Russell movie, has a lot of comedy in it,” he adds, “In an ideal world, the best dramas have levity in them so I don’t see it as two separate things at all. It’s really just filmmakers. I want to work with the best filmmakers.”

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