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Bradley Cooper on The Hangover

Published June 4, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Warner Bros. Pictures
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At first glance, Bradley Cooper’s role in The Hangover might seem like another one of his comedy villain/alpha male characters. However, as the comic misadventure wears on, Cooper is able to show some of his true colors.

Bradley Cooper Has a Hangover


“I play Phil who's an English school teacher for boys and he's a father,” Cooper said. “He's kind of the guy who's bark is a lot bigger than his bite. He talks a big game, going to Vegas and that he's going to get crazy and he loves sort of reliving whatever it is that he doesn't live in his home life. It's like a lot of fathers who talk a big game, but really they love their family and they're actually good guys. He's sort of the problem solver. There's nothing that he can't solve and tries to hold it together even when there's nothing to hold together.”

Phil actually felt like a bit of a stretch for Cooper. “I didn't actually [think I could play him.] I really didn't. I just sort of trusted Todd [Phillips] because I was like, 'I don't know if I can pull this off.' But then about two weeks into it I started to get comfortable and I realized that I was figuring it out. But I'm glad that he thought I should do it because I probably wouldn't have thought that I could do it.”


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Shooting the film in Las Vegas, Cooper was able to resist the town’s temptations. “I was a little worried about being out here for almost a month. This is the perfect town for a couple of days. Just worried that I’d never come back. There’s a lot of darkness in this town but we’ve had a blast. We work all the time.”

The Hangover also offers an unusual perspective on Las Vegas. “The great thing about it is that I’ve got to see a lot of Vegas that I wouldn’t have seen, like we shot at The Riviera and downtown and the old parts of Vegas. You’re going to see Vegas in the daytime which, as far as I know, you don’t really see movies in Vegas in the daytime. Most of this movie takes place during the next day after ‘the night.’ Most Vegas movies are about the night and this is about the day after the night.”

The Hangover opens to theaters on June 5th.

For the trailers, stills, posters and more movie info, go to the The Hangover Movie Page.


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