Bradley Cooper Discusses Prepping for Paradise Lost and Dropping Out of The Crow Reboot
12.07.11 by BJSprecher
If things had gone according to plan, actor Bradley Cooper could have been playing two otherworldly "angels" in upcoming movies associated with director Alex Proyas, instead of just one. Cooper recently performed a motion-capture "test" in preparation to begin filming the Proyas-directed Paradise Lost adaptation, in which he will play Lucifer, the fallen angel of light. At one time, he was also on tap to play an angel of vengeance in The Crow, a reboot of Proyas' 1994 movie inspired by James O'Barr's cult hit comic book.
Cooper recently took a break from filming his latest movie, The Silver Linings Playbook, to discuss the DVD release of The Hangover Part II with Empire, but he also shared a few details Paradise Lost. The actor discussed his approach to playing Lucifer from the way he will change his voice to correspond with the character's fall from grace to even showing some set photos of himself in motion-capture gear taken during pre-production tests. Cooper also touched on the demise of The Crow, saying that he ultimately left the movie after Juan Carlos Fresnadillo dropped out as director.
Cooper revealed that Paradise Lost will go into production on January 12th, and that he will be shooting in Australia for three months. He joked that there's no way to prepare for playing Lucifer — "You just wing it." — but did touch on some of the subtle changes he will make during the character's story arc.
Cooper said that he is "a massive fan" of Fresnadillo, which is why he was excited to make The Crow, but that initially the "timing didn't work out" and then Fresnadillo quit so he followed suit.
Paradise Lost is adapted from John Milton's 17-century poem and was written by Stuart Hazeldine from a script by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi, with Lawrence Kasdan and Ryan Condal each giving the script a polish. The cast includes Djimon Housoun as Abdiel, Benjamin Walker as Michael, Casey Affleck as Gabriel, Dominic Purcell as Jerahmeel and Rufus Sewell as Sammael.