Cooper’s American Hustle co-star Jennifer Lawrence made headlines this month when she wrote about her anger at getting paid less than her male counterparts.
“Putting a microscope on it and having the impact that it’s had is a great thing,” Cooper said.
“Obviously transparency is necessary in order to help that equilibrium occur.”
The star was speaking to the BBC after the European premiere of his new film Burnt in London’s Leicester Square.
Cooper plays a head chef trying to regain his reputation in the capital after a downfall caused by drug addiction.
The film reunites him with his American Sniper co-star Sienna Miller, who plays a talented chef taken on by Cooper’s character.
Asked about the pay gap issue, Miller said: “It’s a conversation that’s happening on a global scale in every industry – and it’s time that there is transparency and equality. It’s insane that there isn’t.”
Cooper and Miller were given culinary advice on the film, which was mostly shot in London, from British celebrity chef Marcus Wareing.
Cooper – who worked in kitchens when he was growing up – said that Wareing taught him the importance of “being able to stay steady under pressure”.
Miller said: “I can fillet a turbot! The hardest thing was the intensity of the cooking – it’s hot and I got burnt.”
Burnt, directed by John Wells, opens in the UK on 6 November
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 made an appearance on Good Morning America yesterday alongside his friend Anthony Daniels to raise awareness for bone marrow donations. We think the interview is definitely worth your time and be sure to head over to DeleteBloodCancer.org and BeTheMatch.org for more information. Also be sure to spread the word using the #AnthonysFight hashtag on social media.
Anthony Daniels is 23 years old, yet he’s battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma – a cancer of the lymphatic system — for the fourth time.
“Each time I beat cancer, it puts more of a toll on my body,” he said. “And every single time it comes back, it gets worse.”
A boxing enthusiast, Daniels knows he needs to keep fighting the disease. He has been looking for a bone marrow donor for a year and a half.
Daniels has a special supporter in his corner. Actor Bradley Cooper appeared alongside him on “Good Morning America” today to raise awareness about the man’s fight.
Entertainment Tonight released the first featurette for Bradley’s upcoming movie “Aloha“. It features on set interviews with Bradley and his co-stars Rachel McAdams and Emma Stone. Be sure to watch it below:
Bradley Cooper and Rachel McAdams play love interests in Cameron Crowe’s Aloha, and just like in the movie, the two have a history.
“I knew that we would have great chemistry,” Cooper told ET. “At least I thought we would based on Wedding Crashers, a movie I’d done with her 10 years ago. I always thought, ‘Wow! It’s so easy to work with her.’ She’s so present and it only got stronger after 10 years.”
If nothing else, the movie gets an A for casting.
Cooper and McAdams lead a star-studded cast that includes Emma Stone, John Krasinski, Alec Baldwin, Danny McBride, Jay Baruchel and Bill Murray in this story of a military contractor (Cooper) who screws up a major deal and is forced to return to his old life in Hawaii to help with a U.S. Space mission.
Bradley is featured on Vanity Fair’s January 2015 cover to promote “American Sniper” and “The Elephant Man“. We have added the digital magazine scans in our gallery. The will hit newsstands nationwide on December 9 and is already available digitally so be sure to pick up your own copy!
Bradley Cooper tells Vanity Fair contributing editor Buzz Bissinger that his past struggles—including addiction, the wrenching loss of his father, and the restlessness of a career that went so long unfulfilled—have helped him prepare for his most challenging role yet, as Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle in Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper. “Losing someone close to me. Going through love and loss . . . knowing what’s important,” Cooper tells Bissinger. “Realizing that the bottom line is that all I got is me, so it’s about time to stop trying to be something that I think you would want me to be. Or that would give me what I think I need. As you get older, thank God, your body deteriorates, but your soul sort of flourishes.”
Deadline released their video coverage of the SAG Foundation Q&A moderated by Deadline. You can watch it below:
And David O. Russell and the American Hustle cast of Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams showed up for a big SAG screening at Westwood’s huge Village theatre and then were whisked literally across the street to the Bruin Theatre in studio-provided cars (yes, this is L.A and they drove) for yet another one. I was happy to moderate the Village session.
Bradley sat down with the Today Show to talk about “American Hustle“. You can (re)watch his interview below.
Bradley Cooper is all business in “American Hustle,” the big screen crime dramedy based on the 1970s ABSCAM bribery scandal. But when he sat down with TODAY’s Willie Geist to talk about his Golden Globe nominated work in the film, Cooper couldn’t stop laughing.
As Geist asked the questions, the giggles just kept coming, but in time, Cooper settled in and found a calm moment to talk about his work — in particular, the fast track that saw him go straight from last year’s Academy Awards, where he was nominated for his part in “Silver Linings Playbook,” to his role in “Hustle.”
“Yeah, we flew out the next day to Boston and started pre-production, then we were shooting it two and a half weeks later,” he revealed. “Everything was sort of condensed, especially the editing process.”
Find out if the whirlwind production ends in a Golden Globe award for Cooper at Sunday night’s ceremony. The Golden Globe Awards airs Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. on NBC. And see more of the interview with Cooper and hear from other stars, including Brad Pitt and Justin Timberlake, Friday night on “Going for Gold,” a star-studded special hosted by Matt Lauer, at 8 p.m. on NBC.
Bradley made an appearance on Morning Joe earlier this week. You can (re)watch his interview below, the screen captures will follow soon!
Actor Bradley Cooper joins Morning Joe to discuss his latest film “American Hustle,” which finds the actor working again with “Silver Linings Playbook” director David. O. Russell and actress Jennifer Lawrence. Cooper also discusses his recent birthday and getting into politics.