Chris Cooper On His ‘Batman Begins’ Near Miss

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  1. Antonello Blueberry Inglorious bastard

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    http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2008/03/04/chris-cooper-on-his-batman-begins-near-miss/#more-1886

     
  2. Magic Griffin ...six?!?!

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    very interesting... i think he would have been good in the role... but Oldman is fantastic...
     
  3. zerohour films Registered

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    Interesting read, but I for one am glad he did turn it down.

    Gary Oldman was perfect in the role...he literally transformed into the character IMO.

    Nothing against Chris Cooper, but I think he would have been missing something that Gordon needs. Can't put my finger on what just a certain characteristic.
     
  4. Mee 2 E's are better than 1

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    Cooper was my choice, but Oldman nailed it. :up:
     
  5. Nightwing1977 Want to see my mask??

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    Same here. Cooper would've been a great Gordon if Oldman didn't play the part. :word:
     
  6. Joker Registered

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    I'm sure Cooper would have been fine, but as has been said, when Oldman takes a role, he transforms into that character for it. And he was no different as Gordon. He IS Gordon in these movies.
     
  7. DaRkVeNgeanCe An Epic Film Guy

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    Im glad we got Oldman but Cooper woulda been good too I think.
     
  8. Superman45 Registered

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    I would still consider Cooper for another part in the Batman franchise.
     
  9. BatMatt Registered

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    when Cooper was first announced as a candidate, I was all for it. When he turned it down I was very disappointed. However after seeing Oldman in Begins I wouldn't want to have it any other way
     
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    I say bring Cooper in as a one time mob boss... with maybe a few minutes of shooting for later films... so he doesn't have to be away so long.
     
  11. Super_Ludacris Registered

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    I remember when his name was in the mix, some people thought he was gonna do it for sure. No biggie...
     
  12. Riven Registered

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    When his name started to pop up as a potential cast member, I was all for it, seeing as how the fan faves and most rumoured actors back then were guys like Kurt Russel and Dennis Quaid (blech). I was disappointed when he turned it down, but that went by quickly once Gary Oldman was cast!
     
  13. Boom I got nothin'

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    If Oldman ever needs to be replaced:

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  14. Nightwing1977 Want to see my mask??

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    Heh! Malcolm's dad. :funny: :funny:
     
  15. Boom I got nothin'

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    He owns Breaking Bad.
     
  16. Nirvana Slowly Losing My Mind

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    Hmmm, Cooper would have been interesting.
     
  17. Two-Face Harvey Dent

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    Cooper could've been interesting but Oldman as Gordon not many thought of that.
     
  18. Shoemeister srsly

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    Cooper is solid and would have been very good, but Oldman's Gordon pwns the world.
     
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    Would of been a good choice, but Oldman's my Gordon

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  20. Crook Registered

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    Whoa whoa whoa Cooper, THAT'S why you turned the role down? Cause I significantly remember you being quoted as saying that the script wasn't up to your standards...
     
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    Yeah, I recall him being quoted as saying something like 'there wasn't as much of the character there in the script as I expected.'

    I thought he was a great choice too when rumoured but am so glad Oldman did it. As 'zero hour films' said, there's a quality to Gordon that Oldman got down that Copper may not have conveyed as well, I don't know, a quality of friendliness? Cooper has a bit of grouchiness about him, sure he can always act past that, but it helps if there's a quality in the actor that's more leaning that way in the first place.

    edit to add: Found the exact quote from Cooper: "I read the script and decided the substance of the script and the character was not up to what I expected."

    I'd read it over here before at bof:

    http://batman-on-film.com/b5newsarchives25.html

    Suppose it could be a bit of both, he may not have wanted to stay away from his family for that length of time for a supporting role. He does seem to be dissing the script a little there in general though, perhaps he thought better of saying something like this again in order to respect the filmakers.
     
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    Speaking of Chris Cooper, I just found out that he initially was part of a small sub-plot in the 2002 horror film The Ring, but it got completely cut out except for a small hint in a newspaper.

    He also almost turned down his role in American Beauty...
     
  23. Paste Pot Pete No, I build a rocket.

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    While I can't say for certain, because Oldman (with his long history of villainy) certainly surprised me, I just can't see Cooper bringing that uvuncular quality to Gordon that he needs. His would certainly be intense, but I could see it lacking the warmth that Oldman brought.
     
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    Wasn't Daniel Day-Lewis offered to play Ducard/Ra's? If I remember right, Anthony Hopkins was offered to play Alfred. The back-ups for these two parts were Liam Neeson and Michael Caine. The casting for BB was truly amazing for a superhero movie. Talk about settling for nothing but the best (except for Holmes). :wow: :yay:
     
  25. ShadowBoxing Registered

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    Cooper is an amazing actor, I'm sure he could've been every bit as good as Oldman. I'm very happy with who they got though.
     

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