Bradley Cooper on Directing: 'I Gotta S--- or Get Off the Pot'
"While I'm here, I'm going to take advantage," Cooper tells DETAILS magazine of his ambition to direct
Looks like it won’t be long before Bradley Cooper takes his talents behind the camera and adds some directing credits to his resume.
“Because it’s fleeting, being in a place where you can create content on this level,” Cooper adds. “While I’m here, I’m going to take advantage.”
While he seems to be feeling the urgency, he’s not deterred by his age, and is looking to one of his favorite directors for inspiration.
“I’m 40 years old,” he says. “Clint Eastwood directed Play Misty for Me at 40.”
But charting longterm goals has never been Cooper’s forte. “I’ve never been a guy who has a five-year plan or even a two-year plan,” he says.
“It’s not motivating for me to have a map. I have dreams, things you’d laugh at if I told you, but you would have laughed at my dreams in high school, and now they’re being fulfilled.”
David O. Russell, who’s directing Cooper for the third time in Joy, spoke of the actor’s tenacity and perseverance.
“He’s earned all his respect the hard way,” the director says. “He’s an underdog disguised as an overdog.”
He adds, “Bradley has a line in Joy that goes, ‘Let me tell you who I am and what I’m about, because I don’t really think you understand where you are right now or who you’re dealing with.’ That’s a great line for him.”
“There’s a horrible habit in this business of becoming successful and using that as an excuse to not put in the work anymore,” Lawrence says. “Coop’s the opposite. People expect something of him – and he brings more.”
For the immediate future, Cooper is focusing on promoting his new film Burnt, in which he plays a chef, a role he says was easy to play.
“I worked for most of my life as a cook. When I was 15, I was a busboy at a Greek restaurant and then I worked as a prep cook through college,” he says. “My mother’s side is Italian, so I grew up cooking all the time with my grandmother.”
All the experience came in handy. Shooting Burnt between American Sniper and his onstage performance in The Elephant Man, meant there was little time to prepare.
“Thank God the role was a chef, because I didn’t have much time to prep. There’s no stunt double. Everything in there I’m cooking.”