In 2004, ABC Family premiered the TV movie I Want to Marry Ryan Banks. It stars a post-Alias Bradley Cooper as a talent manager who convinces his friend/falling star client Ryan Banks (Jason Priestley) to do a Bachelor-type reality show to rehab his image. The twist: The sane, likable contestant Ryan is supposed to choose, Charlie (Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Emma Caulfield), falls for Cooper’s character instead.
If you’ve seen the movie — penned by Chad Hodge, the future creator of NBC’s The Playboy Club who is currently developing the Twin Peaks-esque limited series Wayward Pines with M. Night Shyamalan for Fox — odds are you’ll be thrilled to hear it’s debuting on Hallmark this Saturday night at 9 p.m. ET. And after reminiscing with Hodge, we can confirm that you are not alone.
Why Bradley Cooper? It was obviously an excellent choice.
I knew that he was gonna be a big movie star. I mean, it was sort of obvious. He was so great in Alias. His star was on the rise. He was my first choice for this. It was like, “Can we get Bradley Cooper?” I remember having such a good time with him on the set. He’s the nicest guy in the world. If you ever meet him, there’s this character that he does: He’s a devil trying to have a normal date with a girl, but he can’t hide the fact that there are horns popping out of his head. It’s so ridiculous and one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.