Cooper Set For “Paradise,” Writing “Hyperion”

Appearing on “The Charlie Rose Show” recently to promote “The Hangover Part II”, actor Bradley Cooper confirmed news earlier this month that he’s up for playing Lucifer in Alex Proyas’ adaptation of Milton’s “Paradise Lost”. In fact, Cooper says he had to convince Proyas he could pull it off. Here’s how he recounted the story (via The Playlist):

“I’ll give you an example ‘Paradise Lost.’ Studied it in college, loved it… .I loved the idea of Lucifer being a very charismatic guy who you agree with, basically. [Milton] makes a very sound argument in that poem. And then cut to, Legendary Pictures who did the ‘The Hangover’ is doing ‘Paradise Lost,’ so I read the script and I loved the idea of two sons and a father. And one day the father says to the son, ‘You know our family dog? I love the family dog more than you guys and I’m actually going to build a whole house for the dog to live in. You guys are going to build the house.'”

I just liked the simplicity of it. I always felt a hook into that and then [there’s] the betrayal that he feels. So I actually put myself on tape for it in my kitchen with my friend Wes to send to Alex Proyas because he said, ‘The guy from ‘The Hangover is not Lucifer, I just can’t see it.’ And [he saw] ‘Limitless’ and said ‘Okay, this guy might be able to carry a movie, but can he play Lucifer.’

So then the next step is, ‘Okay let me put myself on tape and show you.’ And it really wasn’t until I was in my kitchen, reading the lines which is almost in verse… you have to do a sort of mid-Atlantic accent and you’re playing Lucifer in this very imaginative environment and honestly Charlie, in my kitchen it just happened. I just found it. We did one take and I said ‘Wes, did you feel that?’ He said, ‘Yeah, let’s send this.’ So we just emailed it and then Proyas emailed me back, ‘Satan lives!’ That was the hook for me, that experience in my kitchen. And if we do get to do the movie, that will give me the confidence to go anywhere with that character.”

The actor also confirmed that he’s a big fan of Dan Simmons’ sci-fi/fantasy “Hyperion” novels that he and a friend wrote a script adaptation on spec and submitted it to producer Graham King who owns the rights. Cooper says “now we’re negotiating, we’re going to write the script for it. And who knows what’s going to happen.”