Bradley Cooper stops by the television program “El Hormiguero” on Thursday (September 5) in Madrid, Spain to promote his movie “The Place Beyond the Pines”, which is set to be released in Spain on September 27. The day before, Bradley attended a photocall for the film. You can check out 19 MQ photos of Bradley’s appearance in the gallery. More will be uploaded soon. Enjoy!
“The Place Beyond the Pines” is already out on DVD and Blu-ray in the USA – be sure to check it out if you haven’t!
Public Appearances > Events from 2013 > Sep 05: Bradley Visits “El Hormiguero”
Bradley poses for pictures at the photocall for his movie “The Place Beyond the Pines” held at the AC Santo Mauro hotel on Wednesday (September 4) in Madrid, Spain. For anybody interested, Bradley is wearing a Dolce&Gabbana jacket. You can check out 56 MQ photos of Bradley in the gallery. Enjoy!
“The Place Beyond the Pines” is set to hit theaters in Spain on September 27th. Be sure to check it out!
Public Appearances > Events from 2013 > Sep 04: “The Place Beyond the Pines” Madrid Photocall
Last Oscar season, Bradley Cooper deservedly earned a Best Actor nom for playing Pat Solitano in “Silver Linings Playbook,” but the Academy may have ignored his best performance of the year.
In “The Place Beyond the Pines,” Cooper plays Avery Cross, an ambitious young police officer who crosses paths with a motorcycle-riding bank robber motivated by familial responsibilities (Ryan Gosling). While interviewing Cooper to promote today’s home entertainment release of the film, Cooper told us Avery is “by far the most complicated character I’ve played on film.” That’s saying something, considering Solitano’s issues.
Writer/director Derek Cianfrance’s film is quite complex in its own right, which makes it challenging to properly discuss the intricacies of Cooper’s stirring performance without doing some serious plot spoiling. So, for the good of the art, we went there. You’ve been properly warned.
That said, the interview below is a can’t-miss – just like the film itself.
“The Place Beyond the Pines” blew my mind.
Bradley Cooper: It’s something else, isn’t it? Yeah. I agree with you, dude. I am so proud to be a part of that movie. I think he’s an incredible director.
How do you describe this movie?
BC: That’s a good question. I think it’s a generational story about fathers and sons. I think is how I would describe it. Does that sound accurate? What it is to be a man – dealing with the idea of what it is to be a man.
Yeah. I didn’t get that in the marketing.
I think that’s a really good tag line. I was kind of surprised by what I did see on the screen. Pleasantly surprised, but there was something in the marketing I would have liked to have known more about.
BC: Yeah. It’s a hard movie to market, man, because you don’t want to give away the fact that your hero gets killed, because you want people to go to the movie. You also want to bring people in, so I think maybe you play up the violence. I’m just not sure. I don’t envy those who had to market the movie.
Well, I think it will hold up and I definitely think it will do really well in home entertainment, because it’s so interesting.
BC: Yes. I do too. I hope it gets out there because he’s a director that should be reckoned with for many, many, many years. It was such an ambitious movie.
The only reason why I even did the movie was to work with Ryan Gosling, who I just think is incredible, and Derek, after meeting Derek.
But after doing the movie, man, I fell in love with that character. I think it’s the most complicated character I’ve ever played. For sure.
How do you describe him?
BC: A man who is in quiet desperation to discover who he is. I think where Luke, Ryan’s character, is sort of outwardly, animalistically expressing who he is as man, Avery is torn by the emotional dilemmas that he has in his life.
He is the son of a judge, growing up in the very blue-collar town of Schenectady. So he becomes a cop instead. But at the same time, he can’t shy away from what it is that he’s good at, which is being a leader. But in what sense? Because the world that he wants to lead is gray, it’s not black and white. And even he is a part of that, a part of the shooting. Did he pull the trigger first? So he deals with the shame of that – the consequences of violence.
We watch our hero die in real time. He chooses to tell the story in a linear way. When you don’t do that and you flashback, you give the audience some candy, where we could see Ryan in the flashback later in the movie.
But that’s not the way life works. You know, I don’t see flashbacks of my father. He’s gone. And it’s like Luke is gone. You see him in a photograph that Avery holds on to, but outside of that, that’s it. I felt that that was a really bold thing that Derek did, that you don’t really see, ever, in movies.
Was it written that way? Was the structure written in the script like that?
BC: Oh yeah, man. Oh yeah.
I was mesmerized.
BC: Because like all of a sudden he’s shot, in a way that you never see, usually there will be like a slow motion thing or something, and he’s gone and then the next thing you know the other guy is waking up in the hospital, and you’re like, “What just happened?”
It’s really, really effective. So, you didn’t film many scenes with Ryan Gosling, but he was the reason you wanted to do the project?
BC: Yeah, I thought: I don’t know if I’ll ever get the opportunity again and I’ve got to take this one.
How many days did you guys work together?
BC: We just overlapped. It was two days, I think. But it felt very much like I was making the movie with him, because they shot all his stuff first and then I came on, and you could just feel – like his character – his presence there. The whole crew did “Blue Valentine” together, so I was definitely coming into a very family-like situation that I was coming and killing the chosen son. I mean it was pretty brutal.
It was intense man. It was intense. And I was very reluctant to do the movie because of that. And I hated the character that I was playing. But Derek and I really worked on Avery and we made him more complicated, more human, and more ambiguous. And it wound up being, I think, by far the most complicated character I’ve played on film. No question about it.
Even more complex than Phil [from “The Hangover”]?
BC: Well, yeah. I meant Pat, but yeah, Phil too. But there’s something about Avery. And doing the age thing, meeting him at 29 and then having him be 40. I actually enjoyed playing the young guy with the flattop.
But you didn’t have a mustache. What’s going on?
BC: We talked about that, the early ’90s wasn’t mustache heavy, and we thought I would have looked very old if we’d have done that.
You said you hated the role, right? You hated Avery’s character. So how did you choose to sign on for it? What was the part that made you say, “You know what, I hate this character, but I have to play him?”
BC: I have to say, it was Derek. He was relentless. And he was good to his word, too. He said, “Look, we’re going to change him. We’re going to make him more human and less stock.” And he did that. I said, “Okay, I trust you.” So we did it.
And how did you do that?
BC: Well, we took a lot of things out and made him more interesting, basically. Before, he was just sort of this ambitious guy who would do anything. It wasn’t very intriguing. But I don’t think Derek wanted to do that anyway, ever. That was just the incarnation that I read. He always said, “But that’s not the guy. We’re going to make him… you know.” Which he does with everybody. He really is rewriting all the time and crafting it to how it should be with the character and with the actors that he chooses. He just said, “Look, this is going to a profound experience, just trust me.” And he was more than right.
Over the course of his career, Bradley Cooper has become an expert at playing all the shades of the asshole rainbow. But since 2011?s Limitless showed Hollywood that The Hangover star can open a film all by himself, Cooper has been receiving more varied roles in vastly more ambitious projects, like 2012?s Silver Linings Playbook and this year’s The Place Beyond the Pines, which hits DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow. “I think the opportunities really started to happen after Limitless came out and did well,” says Cooper. “I owe it all to The Hangover, and that allowed me to do Limitless, and Limitless definitely paved the road for directors to take a chance.”
One of those directors is Pines’ Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine), although working with him wasn’t the initial attraction for Cooper. “Initially Ryan Gosling drew me to the project because I’m just a huge fan of his and it was always a real dream to work with him,” he says. “Derek wanted to talk to me about one of the roles for the movie and when I met with him I thought, well, this guy is kind of incredible.”
Cianfrance has a notoriously in-depth process when it comes to his films, which oftentimes go through years of rewrites and dozens of permutations before making it to the screen. “Blue Valentine was 12 years and 66 drafts, and Pines was six years and 37 drafts,” says Cianfrance. “So I feel like I’m getting faster. I’m hoping the next film is 3 years and maybe 18 drafts.” The director started writing The Place Beyond the Pines while his wife was pregnant with their second son and the movie is thus heavily loaded with themes of legacy and sins-of-the-father inheritance. He divided the story into three distinct sections (Cianfrance refers to it as “Neapolitan ice cream”): Ryan Gosling as a bank-robbing motorcyclist, Cooper as the cop who tracks him down, and Emory Cohen and Dane Dehaan as their teenage children years later.
Cooper found his role especially challenging. “He was f—ing complicated to get my head around,” says the actor. “He made a lot of decisions that me personally I can’t even relate to, so to find a way into that and to explore that…maybe I feared those things in myself. I definitely had never been more scared to play a character in my life.”
Until now, at least. Cooper has another, even more difficult role on deck: Chris Kyle, the expert sniper for the U.S. military who was killed on a Texas gun range in February by a mentally disturbed fellow veteran. Steven Spielberg will direct the film*, American Sniper, and Cooper says the project is very important to him. “It’s a unique situation because it’s playing an actual man,” he says. “I mean, Jesus. I feel a tremendous amount of responsibility to do him justice and to do it right. I think it’s an important story to be told right now. It’s been quite a road. We bought the rights to the book and I was talking to Chris and we had every intention of making the movie already and then he was murdered. I know it’s going to be a tough role for me.”
It looks like Derek Cianfrance’s “The Place Beyond the Pines” is a record indie hit this weekend. Total ticket sales for showings in just 4 theatres is around $300,000. Of course, having Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper in one movie, not to mention beautiful, talented Eva Mendes (who also dates Gosling) and the fearsome but beloved Ray Liotta in an indie film made for nothing, is kind of outrageous.
But the budget was minimal as Cianfrance’s script is a literary triptych. The movie unfolds in three parts; Gosling and Cooper are never in it together, really, except for a brief sequence. The third part is about their sons, one of whom, played by Dane DeHaan, is the new Leonardo DiCaprio. If the movie holds as it expands at the box office it could be the first Oscar nominee of 2014. I am serious. “Pines” is a deeply wondrous film that when it was first shown in Toronto last fall caused a sensation. Gosling and Cooper each do exceptional work. They have turned into old fashioned movie stars who are also very good actors. Or vice versa. And they are real leading men, something we haven’t had in a long time.
The premiere on Thursday night was held at the dreadfully cold Landmark Sunshine Theater, a foreboding pit. But the party was at the ultra hip Bowery Hotel. You go to a lot of these things and the cast doesn’t seem too interested in each other. But the “Pines” gang seems pretty cohesive. Gosling brought his mom, Donna, who’s a doll. She told me she’s just gotten her teaching degree and is launching a new career.
Ryan is very excited but nervous about shooting his first feature as a director. He’s directing Mendes, he said. “Or she’s directing me,” he laughed. No one will talk about the plot of this movie. Not because it’s a secret. “But you know, it can change a lot,” Gosling told me.
Cooper had an unceasing crowd of young women piling up around him. We attempted to talk, but we were constantly interrupted by young women who simply walked right up, interrupting without thinking once, and saying “Can we take a picture?” All the main actors had personal bodyguards who were very polite.
Some of the other guests included Patricia Clarkson, who had a long talk with Gosling, and Oliver Platt, who told me he’s getting into producing now. “It turns out I’m very good at calling people up and asking them to do things,” he said.
Funniest line of the night was Cianfrance, introducing Ray Liotta at the Sunshine: “When I was a kid, I didn’t have posters of Playboy playmates on my walls. I had pictures of Ray Liotta.”
By the way: Cianfrance’s lovely wife, Shannon Plumb, has directed her first film. It’s called “Towheads,” and it features the couple’s two young sons. “Towheads” was shown at MoMA’s “New Directors” series this weekend and got rave reviews.
I just updated the gallery with 28 additional HQ photos of Bradley at the New York premiere of The Place Beyond the Pines. I want to thank Helen at Jonathan Rhys Meyers Source for the photos. Enjoy!
Public Appearances > Events from 2013 > Mar 28: “The Place Beyond the Pines” New York Premiere
Check out an interview round-up of Bradley on the red carpet of the New York premiere of The Place Beyond the Pines. You can view all 4 interviews below. Screen captures will be uploaded to the gallery soon. Enjoy!
Hey everybody! I apologize for the lateness of these photos. Bradley attended the New York premiere of his movie The Place Beyond the Pines on March 28, 2013. The premiere was held at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in New York City, New York. Bradley was spotted wearing a Tom Ford suit. You can check out 34 MQ photos in the gallery. Enjoy!
Public Appearances > Events from 2013 > Mar 28: “The Place Beyond the Pines” New York Premiere
Bradley Cooper, for his part, gets in on the depressing action as a cop who has discovered something unseemly about his new co-workers, and tries to do the right thing — but it turns out no one is interested in what he has to say.
I just updated the gallery with 7 HQ movie stills of Bradley from his new movie The Place Beyond the Pines. I seriously cannot wait for this movie! Enjoy!
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