Bradley Cooper spoke to The Playlist about his next role in Paradise Lost, where he'll play Lucifer. The actor really went after the role, and it's not often you see that type of humility in a movie star.
"Paradise Lost.’ Studied it in college, loved it….I loved the idea of Lucifer being a very charismatic guy who you agree with, basically. (The author John Milton) makes a very sound argument in that poem. And then cut to, Legendary Pictures who did the ‘The Hangover’ is doing ‘Paradise Lost,’ so I read the script and I loved the idea of two sons and a father. And one day the father says to the son, ‘You know our family dog? I love the family dog more than you guys and I’m actually going to build a whole house for the dog to live in. You guys are going to build the house."
He added. "I just liked the simplicity of it. I always felt a hook into that and then the betrayal that he feels. So I actually put myself on tape for it in my kitchen with my friend Wes to send to Alex Proyas because he said, ‘The guy from ‘The Hangover is not Lucifer, I just can’t see it.’ And [he saw] ‘Limitless’ and said ‘Okay, this guy might be able to carry a movie, but can he play Lucifer.’
Cooper put the audition on tape, sent it off and Proyas replied saying "Satan lives." The film is due to go into production in the next few months.