Video:Bradley Cooper Interview - Midnight Meat Trainwith Rebecca Murray
Bradley Cooper stars as a photojournalist who tries to track down a serial killer in the thriller Midnight Meat Train, directed by Ryuhei Kitamura.See Transcript
Transcript:Bradley Cooper Interview - Midnight Meat TrainRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the 2007 San Diego Comic Con.
Bradley Cooper 'Leon' in Midnight Meat Train
Tell me about this movie everything about it.
Bradley Cooper: "Everything A to Z. All right, done. So I was reading the script, no. I really loved it. I just think it was like 9am, I hadn't eaten The movie is Midnight Meat Train, based on Clive Barker's short story from the collection of short stories called the Books of Blood series. It's about this guy, Leon, who is a photojournalist who catches on to this missing person on the subway system. He had taken photographs of her that night. He begins to piece together that this other guy that he's been photographing just on the street may have something to do with the fact that she's missing. And he slowly pieces together that and there have also been these murders on these subways, this specific late train and so he starts to follow this guy and stalk him. He becomes completely obsessed with this guy.
You sort of follow his descent into that madness and you're not quite sure whether it's him thinking it or it's really real. Then when you realize what it is, it becomes this cat and mouse game, which is why I like it so much because it's not just the typical genre where there's a killer and the guy hunting the killer. You're not sure if Mahogany actually wants him to follow him. And in the end that's revealed why."
Bradley Cooper: "The reason why it's also awesome, I think, is because first of all, that Clive Barker loved it. But also it's not just a horror movie; it's not just a psychological thriller. It's likened to Blade Runner and Se7en, those kind of movies, I think. It has those noirish qualities to it. And it's brutal. It stays with you. It certainly was a brutal thing to shoot. It took me a while to recover from it, honestly."
Just delving into a guy that gets that obsessive?
Bradley Cooper: "I mean actually just physically doing it because a lot of stuff goes on."
Blood, guts and gore?
Bradley Cooper: "Oh yeah."
Had you read the short story?
Bradley Cooper: "Not before I read the script."
How closely does it follow it?
Bradley Cooper: "It has the same essence of it entirely. We changed a couple things about it. Leon's an accountant in the short story and he's a photographer. That was just done for more visual reasons. But Clive said it today, which I was really happy about, the thing that matters is you capture the essence of the short story and the brutality and the horror of it, and the sadness. It's a very sad movie."
Bradley Cooper: "Yeah, I think so. I think the character Mahogany is actually quite sympathetic in a weird way."
That's interesting. You sympathize with a guy who's killing people.
Bradley Cooper: "I do but maybe something's wrong with me."
Maybe that's just your interpretation of the movie.
Bradley Cooper: "Yeah, yeah. You're like, 'What?'"
How tough is it to play someone who does get that obsessed about something? Is that in your personality?
Bradley Cooper: "Absolutely, I think it's in everybody's personality. I think it's really easy to play that actually, yeah. So that wasn't that hard. What was hard was acting out what that obsession does, you know, because he sort of physically changes and completely envelopes himself in it with his whole body."
And you've got The Comebacks too, right?
Bradley Cooper: "Yeah, The Comebacks is coming out. I just did a day on that with Will Arnett and Dax Shepard."
That's a lot different.
Bradley Cooper: "Totally, yeah. I just did this movie too called The Rocker, which is another comedy. I'm shooting a comedy right now called All About Steve with Sandra Bullock. So it's nice to jump back and forth."
You do more comedies than you do anything else, right?
Bradley Cooper: "Yeah, yeah, probably. If you tally them up, yeah."