Bradley Cooper Talks ‘Paradise Lost’ & Why He Left ‘The Crow’ Remake

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 8:47 pm,

Bradley Cooper made headlines recently when he was named People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man of the Year,” but the actor is more than just a pretty face. With a strong screen presence and a media-friendly personality, Cooper has become one of the most in-demand actors in Hollywood, following his rise to stardom in The Hangover.

Over the last two years, Cooper has been attached to some of the biggest movies in Hollywood (from the inevitable Hangover 3 to unconfirmed rumors of a Flash movie). While promoting The Hangover 2 DVD release, Cooper talked about one of his upcoming projects, Alex Proyas’ Paradise Lost, and also why he decided to step back from  The Crow remake.

In a conversation with Empire, Cooper discussed his role as Lucifer in Alex Proyas’ much-anticipated motion-capture film adaptation of John Milton’s epic poem. During the interview, Cooper talked about what it’s like wearing motion-capture suits for the movie, and how he and Proyas wanted to approach the vocalization of the character. Check out the video interview below.


In addition to discussing Paradise Lost, Cooper briefly clarified why he decided not to star in The Crow remake. As Cooper explains in the below video, the issue was timing. With his responsibilities to Paradise Lost, Cooper simply couldn’t make The Crow work in his schedule (although it did give us some cool concept art).

A few months after Cooper dropped out of The Crow, director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo also left the project, leaving the remake in a tough spot. There have been rumors circulating that Channing Tatum may star in the film (though he is extremely busy with several upcoming projects) and also that Mark Wahlberg might return to the movie (though it’s unlikely without his preferred director Stephen Norrington, but nothing is definitive).

Many Screen Rant readers have been adamant that a Crow remake would be sacrilegious anyway, so perhaps it’s a good thing that the remake is stuck in limbo. That being said, it would have been interesting to see Cooper take on a different and darker role than what we’ve seen from him so far.

What are your thoughts on Bradley Cooper’s star power, an all motion-capture retelling of Paradise Lost, and the flimsy state of The Crow remake?

Source: Empire

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    • Um , the film is both motion-capture and live-action like ” Avatar ” , ” Sin City ” ,” Hugo ” and ” Beowulf ” . The motion-capture is mainly to allow the actors to seamlessly blend into the film`s three fantastic locations : Heaven , Hell and Eden . Furthermore , ” A Scanner Darkly ” , ” Polar Express ” and the upcoming ” Tintin ” were filmed in live-action and converted to 3-D Animation in Post-Production . In other words , that`s not what motion-capture normally looks like . Bradley in an earlier interview and preliminary concept art of Lucifer both confirm Bradley will still look like himself , albeit a bit more angelic for most of the film and demonic towards the end . Bradley was cast for three reasons :
      1 . He`s been a fan of the Milton poem ” Paradise Lost ” and particularly the portrayal of Lucifer since College , infact it`s what inspired him to become an Actor in the first place and lobbied hard for the Part which
      high-profile Actors like Colin Farrell , Ben Affleck , Tom Cruise , Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg all turned down for fear of type-casting .
      2 . He looks quite a bit like the stereotypical Devil ( curly reddish-brown hair , unearthly eyes , beard ) without makeup .
      3 . He made a Video with his friend Wes where he read lines from the Poem , convincing Proyas to consider him and eventually cast him with Proyas declaring in an E-Mail to Bradley , ” Satan Lives ! ” , to express how impressed he was of Bradley`s audition tape .
      The motion-capture ” Tron-suit ” shown here will likely be digitally altered into Medieval-style armor for the final film .

      • why are you yelling at me?

  1. Midnight Meat Train, Paradise Lost and attached to The Crow, I wonder if there’s a dark side to Bradley Cooper we don’t know about.

    • love midnight meat train!!!! Great film. It was one of my favorites for a long time.

  2. This is even better news than Del Toro not playing Kahn! This guy was soo soo wrong for The Crow! Whats with all the remakes and reboots BTW? Hollywood sucks but I guess we are worse for paying for all this junk.

  3. why not re-release a remastered version of The Crow with extra footage. I’m sure plenty of people would go see it.

  4. Ironically bradley cooper leaves the crow remake to do paradise lost, which is directed by the director of the original ‘crow’ film. if done right right paradise lost seems like it could be really cool, i always enjoy angel and demon type stuff so i’ll most likely see this in thearters.

  5. Remake is uncessary, but a reboot with a different character of a different race or gender or even a different time would be great.

  6. My gut feeling is Cooper would have surprised people with the Crow character. At first I thought the guy was just shallow barely leading man fluff but that seems to be turning around a little with each new role. He really needs a bad guy, or flawed, or evil character to shed the image many have of him.

  7. Thank GoD !

  8. LEAVE the originals how they are, and leave the bad actors out of it, I don’t think Tatum or Cooper are suitable to take up Brandon’s legacy. Some things in history just shouldn’t be changed or remade.