The Maestro actor is not opposed to joining ‘comedy’ roles again after taking on heavy assignments over the years.
People reported that in a ‘The New Yorker Radio Hour’ podcast on Friday, Bradley Cooper confessed to host David Remnick that he would be open to taking up more ‘fun’ roles, mostly in an already established comedy franchise. When asked if he would be open to doing another Hangover movie, the actor did not hesitate to answer.
He said, “I would probably do Hangover 4 in an instant,” adding, “Just because I love Todd [Phillips], I love Zach [Galifianakis], I love Ed [Helms] so much, I probably would.” Additionally, he spoke about the movie director, saying, “I don’t think Todd is ever going to do that.”
The 48-year-old actor specified that even though he has donned more serious roles over the past few years, including his role in the new movie Maestro, he is open to taking lighter comedy roles if and when a suitable offer comes along. People reported him saying that even though he is not spending his talent on traditional comedy roles, he is enjoying his status quo in the ‘heavier’ roles.
He also added that while some people may deem his current roles as “exhausting,” Cooper disagrees. He said, “There’s nothing more fun that I’ve experienced than Maestro and a Star is Born.”
Cooper’s new film, ‘Maestro,’ was the topic of focus of the podcast episode. He directed, co-wrote, and starred alongside Carey Mulligan in the movie, where he plays Leonard Bernstein, the late composer and music director of the New York Philharmonic. People reiterated that the role took him years of deep research, a handful of prosthetics, and hours of makeup to truly embody Bernstein.
During the podcast, the Oscar winner tells Remnick, “If I’m lucky enough to have another idea come in that I’m willing to exert this much energy [in] — if I can do it two more three more times in my life — I’d be very lucky.”
People reported from this week’s issue that Bernstein’s daughter Jamie, who is the eldest of his three children, opined on Cooper’s performance on their father’s life. She said, “We had no idea that Bradley had this level of intensity and commitment about a thing when he got it in his grip. There are even certain moments in the film, when he’s in motion, where he looks so exactly like our dad it makes us gasp.”
Another pivotal hand that went into molding Cooper to enter into Bernstein’s shoes was that of makeup-effects master and Oscar winner Kazu Hiro, who had famously transformed Gary Oldman into Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. Cooper worked closely with Hiro to transform into Bernstein throughout his career from 1943 until his 70s, when he died.
Hiro told People about this transformation, stating, “All in all, I crafted 137 individual pieces, ranging from small to large,” adding, “Bradley’s transparency and relentless pursuit of perfection were awe-inspiring.”
Maestro streams on Netflix on 20 December, and it is now available in select theatres.