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‘Phil is not Bradley, he’s Todd’

Bradley Cooper says he’s modelled his Hangover character on his director; admits he verbally assaulted Robert De Niro for Limitless.

india Updated: Apr 27, 2011 14:36 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya

May 26 is the D-day for

The Hangover Part II

, the follow-up to the record-breaking hit that takes Phil (Bradley Cooper), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bratha) to Bangkok for Stu’s (Ed Helms) wedding.

And despite their plans for a subdued pre-wedding brunch, the trio once again find themselves in another post-blackout misadventure. Quiz Bradley on whether the sequel will live up to sky-high expectations raised by the original film, and turn into a brand franchise and the actor says, “I like to keep it basic, and just keep doing different things. When we were making

The Hangover

we thought of it as a small movie. We wanted a big opening weekend, but we had no idea it would be this big.”

For Bradley, every movie has a ‘moment’ that convinces him to do it. In The


it was the phone call to Tracy. But he says that while he ]cherishes his male friends, he’s nothing like Phil.

Bradley Cooper

“When I look at Phil I don't see myself at all which is why I was skeptical whether I’d be able to pull him off. But Todd (director Todd Phillips) was like, ‘No man, you got this guy,’” Bradley reminisces, adding that a couple of weeks into the filming he realised that Phil was Todd. “So, I started to mimic Todd’s mannerisms and I found my guy.”

This Friday, Bradley’s Limitless opens in India and he remembers meeting his screen idol Robert De Niro in Los Angeles with screenplay writer Leslie Dixon and director Neil Burger to pitch the idea to him.

“It was a full assault to try and get him to do the movie. He’s the reason I became an actor and at that meeting it was like I was on the drug myself because I did not stop talking,” he laughs.

In the film, Bradley’s character, a loser facing a writer’s block, takes the performance enhancement drug and starts playing the piano in three days, learns Italian from a tape, wins a street fight by remembering Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali’s moves and makes big money as a day trader... What’s the most incredible thing Bradley Cooper has ever done?

“When I was in acting classes, I had to take dance lessons. I was awful but in my mind I was good. One day, this cute girl from another class dropped by, and I turned into this preening peacock,” he chuckles, saying that he’d take the drug if it would help him face his fears and live his dreams.

“I want to direct movies… And learn as many languages and instruments as possible so I can jam with great musicians and communicate with people across the world in different dialects.”

Any plans of visiting India, may be even flirting with Bollywood? “India and Indian films have a beautiful visual landscape. I’d love to visit your country some day,” he says. “I’ve heard of the variation that Indian cinema is offering these days, in addition to the traditional Bollywood fare. That makes the new-found offering extremely promising.”