Four-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper has a reputation for going full bore for the big screen. In the forthcoming cooking drama Burnt, Cooper plays first-class chef Adam Jones, an ultra-demanding culinary virtuoso trying to keep his past addictions behind him as he strives to earn the food world’s coveted three-star Michelin rating. (Watch the exclusive trailer above!) As Cooper described to Yahoo Movies during a recent phone interview, he brought as much intensity to the kitchen in Burnt as he did to the battlefields in American Sniper, and to the stage in last year’s Tony-nominated The Elephant Man.
What’s your relationship with food and cooking in real life?
When I was a kid I would screw up cooking with my grandmother. It was an Italian family, so cooking was a huge part of it. Being around food is very soothing to me. My grandfather had a garlic business. I grew up with that environment, and it reminds me of my childhood.
For Burnt, did you go as hard-core as you did for American Sniper in terms of training?
We shot this in-between American Sniper and The Elephant Man. I didn’t have as much time to prep, but I was able to spend a month living and breathing it. [But] the thing that really paid off was the fact that I’d been doing research since I was a kid, working in restaurants. I was a busboy at a Greek restaurant and a prep cook at an [Italian] restaurant called Mirabella’s in Somers Point, New Jersey. I’d be there from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., just cooking. And having shot a TV show [Fox’s Kitchen Confidential, which aired in 2005] where I prepped then, too. For that I got to cook at Le Halles [in New York], which is the restaurant Anthony Bourdain cooked at. … For Burnt, I had access to [celebrity chefs] Marco Pierre White, Marcus Wareing, Gordon Ramsay, and Clare Smyth. These are all Michelin-star chefs. It’s a whole other world.
How do your skills measure up with the pros?
I actually learned how much I can’t cook by doing this film. You sit through one session with Clare Smyth, and you realize this is a level of execution that’s world class. To get three Michelin stars is literally almost impossible. The level of perfection, discipline, and sacrifice is incredible.
Did you model your character after anybody?
I created a guy I see as a mixture of the three guys I studied: Marcus Wareing, Gordon Ramsey, and Marco Pierre White. He’s a combination. Little things he does, physical things, are basically things I stole from all three of those guys… It wasn’t conscious, but going back and watching the movie I see, “Oh yeah: That’s him… that’s him … [and] that’s him.”
Read the entire interview at the Source
Bradley was seen filming several scenes for the still Untitled Chef, previously known as Adam Jones, project yesterday in London including a scene alongside co-star Sarah Greene. We have added the on set photos in our gallery.
Bradley and co-star Omar Sy filmed a scene for the Untitled Chef/Adam Jones Project yesterday in London. We have added the on set photos in our gallery.
Deadline is reporting that Matthew Rhys joined the cast of the movie.
So good as the embedded Russian spy in the FX Cold War series The Americans, Matthew Rhys has signed on to star alongside Bradley Cooper in the untitled John Wells-directed culinary project at The Weinstein Company. He’ll play Reece, the rival of Cooper’s chef character in the Steven Knight-scripted film. Cooper plays Adam Jones, a two Michelin Star chef in Paris whose ability to create explosions of taste is undermined by his badboy rants and diva behavior that destroy his career. Reece stands in the way of his comeback.
Produced by Stacy Sher, Michael Shamberg and Erwin Stoff, the pic is shooting in London through September 26 and Rhys joins the picture just after he wraps the WWII drama Darling Buds Of May. Harvey Weinstein is trying to cook up the right title after Jon Favreau released Chef, which was this TWC’s original title. Sienna Miller, Uma Thurman, Daniel Bruhl, Riccardo Scarmacio, Emma Thompson, Lily James, Omar Sy, Jamie Dornan, Sam Keeley, Sarah Greene and Alicia Vikander also star.
Bradley was seen filming another scene for the Untitled Chef/Adam Jones Project earlier today in London. We have added the on set pictures in our gallery as well as some additional pictures from earlier this week.
Bradley was spotted filming more scenes for the Untitled Chef/Adam Jones Project in London yesterday and today. He was seen filming a scene with co-star Uma Thurman yesterday. We have added the on photos in our gallery.
Bradley and co-star Sienna Miller were spotted earlier today filming a scene for the Untitled Chef Project/Adam Jones in London. We have added the on set pictures in our gallery.