By Fred Topel | Image property of 20th Century Fox
If Bradley Cooper is so handsome it annoys you, at least he’s using his power for good and not evil. He place Face in the new The A-Team movie, exposing his dreamy body for the ladies and mouthing off like the best nonchalant action hero.
Bradley Cooper Faces The A-Team
“I loved Face,” Cooper said. “We created sort of a childlike enjoyment of what he did. He’s the first guy in, last guy out and he’d die for his friends in a heartbeat. At my greatest, I’d be 1/8th of Face. I really loved him. I loved playing that guy.”
Face gets a lot of action, both form the ladies and from the violence. Professionals made Cooper look good. “This guy Cody was an amazing stuntman. There was another guy, Heath too. He was another Face stuntman, and they did a tremendous amount of work. I was just lucky that Joe [Carnahan] is the kind of director who he really wants his actors to be equipped and able to do what we watch them do, what the characters do. So anytime they would let me, I would.”
One stunt let Cooper roll under a semi truck. “I was underneath the semi but I wasn’t lifted from it. That was a digital thing. I was underneath it with only the roller skate. I had just torn my hamstring three days before so I couldn’t really even walk. I remember they like sort of like shuffled me under the semi. That was actually insane. That actually was a stupid thing that I did. It was like 40 miles an hour. The worst was when Liam is picking me up under it. I had to be over the wheel. They were like, “We’re going to put this plank,” a board that’s this thick over the wheel that I’m under as it’s going 25 miles an hour and then I have to hold on and then turn. I mean it was crazy. I was very lucky that nothing happened because if the pebble had come and hit the back of my head at that speed…”
The action in A-Team is crazy, but that’s part of the movie’s tone. “Also what he was able to achieve was a kind of a special effects that were at one moment paying homage to the TV show. There was a camp aspect to it in the Mexico corral. You hear the band coming over, a makeshift fence and a door opens and a guy flies through. That’s very much in the vein of the TV show. You also have a tank drop that you’ve never seen that out of airplane. So I think that was the bounce that Joe was able to do, was actually take action sequences and totally make them a representation of the TV show and evolution into the film.”
> As for that dreamboat body, at least take comfort in knowing Cooper suffered to get there. “There was a trainer, actually Conrad, who was training me for the movie and she came out to Vancouver and they were providing the food regimen of 2,000 calories per day so it really didn’t matter where. Hell traveled with me, so it didn’t matter where I was.”