Bradley Cooper had a tough ‘Hangover’

In “The Hangover”, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) are four men going to Las Vegas to celebrate Doug’s impending marriage to love of his life. Phil, Stu and Alan wake up the next day to find their hotel room a mess and Doug missing. It is up to them to work as a group to retrace their steps in order to find their buddy, which leads them a stray tiger, a motherless infant and a naked Chinese man in trunk of their car.
The Beacon was able to sit down with actor Bradley Cooper (“Wedding Crashers”, “Yes Men”) at the Lowes Hotel in South Beach. He plays Phil Wenneck, one of Doug’s best friend and the apparent leader and alpha male of the group.
Cooper was able to make this film when he first met the film’s director, Todd Phillips, two year ago. A year later before “The Hangover” was ready to be filmed; he received word from Phillips that he got the role.
“I really did not think I could pull it off for some reason,” Cooper said. “I just thought I did not feel secure about me playing that role.”
He said that Phillips believed that he can do it and Cooper listened to him two weeks into filming and it all clicked for him.
Filming “The Hangover” was not the first time that Cooper worked with Bartha and Galifianakis. Cooper has been friends with Barth since they worked with each other for the first time in 2006’s romantic comedy “Failure to Launch” and second time in the upcoming anthology film, “New York, I Love You”.
“I met Zach in Vancouver long time ago where we were both shooting separate television series’,” Cooper said. “He and I shared a car to drive to Vegas for the film and we bonded on the trip.”
Cooper would go on to say that himself, Galifianakis and co-star Ed Helms became very good friends.
During the filming of the movie, Copper and the guys had no breaks when they were filming six to eight weeks and sixteen hours a day.
“We went all over Vegas because of the movie and to places we probably we would not have gone to,” Cooper said.
Cooper said that any down time that they had been spent sleeping and relaxing.
When it came to what scene was the most difficult to scene to shoot, Cooper said that the scene with a naked Chinese man jumps on his neck and hits everybody with a crowbar.
“We shot that scene forty times with the guy jumping on my neck and his balls was in my face,” Cooper said. “After we shot that scene, we though ‘Wow, this movie could be really special.”
The year 2007 was the busiest year for Cooper where he was filming five films that include “The Midnight Meat Train”, “Yes Men” and “He’s Just Not That Into You”.
“At one point, I was shooting three movies that were overlapping and at the same time, I was doing a guest spot on ‘Nip/Tuck”.
The next films that Cooper will be in is “Case 39”, a horror film starring Renee Zellweger with an unknown release date and “All About Steve”, a romantic comedy starring Sandra Bullock to be released on September 9.

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