Bradley Cooper says ‘transparency’ needed over Hollywood wage gap

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

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Bradley Cooper to Return to ‘Limitless’

Bradley Cooper will return to the CBS series “Limitless” in an upcoming episode, the network announced Friday.

Cooper will appear on the Oct. 27 episode Eddie Morra, the role he originated in the 2011 film of the same name.

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New Burnt Trailer Debuts

Bradley Cooper on His High-Pressure Preparations for the Cooking Drama ‘Burnt’

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.”

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Limitless 1×01 – Pilot Screen Captures

Limitless 1×01 – Pilot Screen Captures

Today was the premiere of the TV Show Limitless, based on the Movie that Bradley starred in 2011. Bradley has a small cameo on the Pilot, and he’s set to appear in other episodes. He’s also a producer of the show, so he’ll be involved in it. Here are screen captures from his part:


Limitless Producers on Why They Didn’t Recast Bradley Cooper

CBS’ thrilling new adventure series Limitless has a familiar launching point — its source material is the 2011 sleeper hit — but they’ve also got something even better: Bradley Cooper.

The show, like the movie, follows a struggling burnout who comes across a dangerous super-drug that drastically raises his IQ and grants him temporarily heightened mental abilities. In the film, the protagonist was a frustrated author named Eddie Morra, played by Cooper; in the CBS series, it’s Brian Finch (Jake McDorman) who uses the drug to help local law enforcement crack cases.

“We knew Bradley Cooper was going to be involved, and so it seemed like if we wanted the option of having him on screen, we shouldn’t recast the role of Eddie Morra, and that informed it to a certain extent,” executive producer Craig Sweeny said. “But we would have done it that way regardless … why not tell the story of somebody else’s direction [with the drug]?”

The pilot makes good on the promise that Cooper will appear on the series, as his character — now a presidential hopeful — visits Brian and helps him come to terms with the precarious power of NZT-48. Art imitated life, as McDorman revealed that a conversation with Cooper was instrumental in talking him into the role.

“I got the scripts from my agents with a note [that said] Bradley thinks you’d be great for the lead, and I totally didn’t believe them at all,” said a bashful McDorman. “I actually got to meet with Bradley about it and he pitched the show. His enthusiasm was contagious. He was really, really excited to reprise his role as Eddie and really excited where Craig was taking the universe. We kind of nerded out about expanding the universe of the movie into something that you can now explore and play with for hours and hours, week to week.”

Cooper isn’t just a producer on the series in vanity; executive producer Alex Kurtzman explained that the actor, despite enjoying a busy film and theater season this year, received every script and, especially in the pilot phase, was instrumental in crafting Brian’s journey. “We always liked the idea [that Brian] has to save somebody in the pilot and make this deal with the devil,” he said. “Originally it was a girlfriend, and Bradley said it’s a really interesting idea but it’s not as emotional as saving a father. And that was a big turn. He was very involved in real, critical DNA of the show.”

However, the two protagonists are starkly different in their approach to their new abilities. In the film, Eddie is at first more intent on finishing his novel with his heightened abilities, while Brian almost immediately realizes he can use his power to help his ailing father. Now, Eddie has set his sights on the White House, which can conveniently help explain why Cooper will only recur on the series sporadically.

“He’s about to be a presidential candidate,” said McDorman. “He wouldn’t have the time to be sitting in a safehouse all the time.”

“Bradley really has been so committed to the show. He has every intention of coming back. We’ve been talking quite a bit about how,” added Kurtzman. “A lot of the pilot sets up for you [that] he will be this mysterious figure. You can’t tell if he’s good or if he’s bad … but Eddie will return.”

Limitless premieres on September 22 on CBS.

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