An explanation for Adam Scott replacing Bradley Cooper on Wet Hot American Summer has been provided, and it's fittingly humorous. Netflix continues to build series around David Wain’s 2001 rom-com satire/cult classic film of the same name. First came the eight-episode prequel series First Day Of Camp, which had inexplicably older actors portraying younger versions of their early-noughties selves.
And next up is the spoofing sequel 10 Years Later, another eight-part series. This one comes with its own ridiculous casting conceit, which is arguably even harder to swallow than the ‘younger selves’ thing: Bradley Cooper’s character Ben has been recast, with Parks & Recreation alum Adam Scott stepping into the role.
If Cooper and Scott were both unknown actors and this was an unfamiliar property, Netflix might’ve got away with swapping them over. They don’t exactly look alike, but audiences might have gone with it. But as things stand, Cooper and Scott are both very recognizable, and there’s no way this change could go unnoticed. With that in mind, Netflix decided to get ahead of the confusion and release this new teaser clip, which pokes fun at the situation. You can watch it in the space above.
So, there you have it. In the universe of Wet Hot American Summer, Cooper’s Ben got some cosmetic work done and came out the other side looking like Adam Scott. Co-creator and star Michael Showalter elaborated on the choice in an interview with EW:
“I like unapologetically just swapping out the actor. The idea that seemed so silly was that he had a nose job and is worried that people won’t recognize him, and the joke is that everybody recognizes him completely and says that you can barely notice it. Essentially what we’re saying is: If Bradley Cooper got a nose job, he would look like Adam Scott.”
Judging by the clip above, Amy Poehler’s Susie prefers the new version, which makes a weird sort of sense from a real world perspective, given Poehler and Scott’s adorable Parks & Rec romance. Speaking of the real world, the genuine reason behind Cooper being replaced is apparently just a boring schedule conflict. EW reports that he was too busy directing and starring in A Star Is Born to take part in Ten Years Later.
In all honesty, though, this blatant casting cover-up fits quite nicely with the slapdash feel of the Wet Hot American Summer franchise. While losing a famous actor might kill any number of other series, here it just feels like another strange obstacle the cast have to work around. That cast, impeccable as ever, includes Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pine, Paul Rudd, David Wain, Jason Schwartzman, Kristen Wiig, Lake Bell and many more, alongside Scott, Poehler, and Showalter.
Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later arrives on Netflix on August 4.