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Bradley Cooper wants the rich jerk role in Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby

03.14.2011

So we meet again Bradley Cooper. I just wrote an article about you on Thursday and now another one today.

During an interview with The New York Times, Cooper expressed interest in playing the role of Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's version of THE GREAT GATSBY. You might remember Tom's character from the book; he is the husband of Gatsby's great love, Daisy. Tom is a wealthy, racist, sexist, douche. Yeah, that's my critical analysis of the character.

Cooper said this about Tom, "To me, he's the best character in the book. He's so complicated. He's xenophobic, he's an alcoholic, but he also understands some profound stuff about class. Whoever plays it has to take a gentle hand, because it could so easily be stock, where heís a rich jerk you donít identify with at all." Is this a good part for Cooper? Well, he is really good at playing the douchey guy, especially in a comedy like WEDDING CRASHERS.

Is Luhrmann even considering Cooper for a part? Obviously we don't know and neither does he, "I don't even know if I'm on Lurhmann's radar. Maybe he'll read this article after the role's cast and say, 'Oh. Ha. Yeah, that guy was never going to get it.'"

Only the roles of Gatsby and Daisy are filled right now, by Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, respectively. THE GREAT GATSBY will shoot in Sydney and is set for a 2012 release.

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Source: NY TimesTHR

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2:51PM on 03/15/2011

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I have never read the book and it isn't the type of story I'm normally interested in, but Leo Di Caprio hasn't made a bad movie in the past 12 years so I am definitely interested. Also, I'm a big fan of Bradley Cooper, and if this role is anything like Sack in Wedding Crashers, he should be cast immediately.
I have never read the book and it isn't the type of story I'm normally interested in, but Leo Di Caprio hasn't made a bad movie in the past 12 years so I am definitely interested. Also, I'm a big fan of Bradley Cooper, and if this role is anything like Sack in Wedding Crashers, he should be cast immediately.
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11:58PM on 03/14/2011
I am very excited in this movie, and I totally endorse Cooper for that role!
I am very excited in this movie, and I totally endorse Cooper for that role!
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8:51PM on 03/14/2011

Cooper could

pull it off. I just heard his interview on Stern today and he's a humble guy. Too many British actors are cast in American roles. I know that sounds bad, they are great. But The Great Gatsby is an American classic. IDK, I think he could be a great Tom.
pull it off. I just heard his interview on Stern today and he's a humble guy. Too many British actors are cast in American roles. I know that sounds bad, they are great. But The Great Gatsby is an American classic. IDK, I think he could be a great Tom.
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8:35PM on 03/14/2011
I think Cooper might pull this off.
I think Cooper might pull this off.
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7:01PM on 03/14/2011
Would be perfect casting. Cooper is a good, versatile actor and can easily play a cocky, douchebag/prick(i.e. Wedding Crahers, The Hangover).

I am a big fan of Cooper and would love to see the guy get the role he so desperately wants.
Would be perfect casting. Cooper is a good, versatile actor and can easily play a cocky, douchebag/prick(i.e. Wedding Crahers, The Hangover).

I am a big fan of Cooper and would love to see the guy get the role he so desperately wants.
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6:54PM on 03/14/2011
I don't like Cooper, and while that might make him a good fit, I just don't want to see him. I do however want to see whatever Luhrmann does. I think Michael Fassbender would be great to play Tom Buchanan.
I don't like Cooper, and while that might make him a good fit, I just don't want to see him. I do however want to see whatever Luhrmann does. I think Michael Fassbender would be great to play Tom Buchanan.
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6:01PM on 03/14/2011
Whoa, an actor who genuinely WANTS to be typecast? : /
Whoa, an actor who genuinely WANTS to be typecast? : /
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5:38PM on 03/14/2011
This would be a spot on cast if you ask me. The character in the book is described as short but extremely fit with a tenor voice. And is a douche. I don't always like bradley cooper but this is a role that could use this to his advantage.
This would be a spot on cast if you ask me. The character in the book is described as short but extremely fit with a tenor voice. And is a douche. I don't always like bradley cooper but this is a role that could use this to his advantage.
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5:19PM on 03/14/2011
I thought Tobey MaGuire was cast as Nick Caraway?
I thought Tobey MaGuire was cast as Nick Caraway?
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5:13PM on 03/14/2011

another gatsby already?!

what happened to the Scorcesse/Vicent Chase version? did that even get released?
what happened to the Scorcesse/Vicent Chase version? did that even get released?
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2:56PM on 03/15/2011
Yeah it got released. It's this movie that gave Vinny Chase the Ferrari movie.
Yeah it got released. It's this movie that gave Vinny Chase the Ferrari movie.
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