Bradley Cooper spoke about the full-frontal scenes in his latest movie, Nightmare Alley, claiming that filming nude was "pretty heavy."
The movie, directed by Guillermo del Toro, is coming to cinemas near the end of the month. The drama/thriller is based on the novel by William Lindsay Gresham, and it follows a carnival worker who becomes a mentalist in the 1940s.
Bradley's character Stan Carlisle has a sexual encounter with Toni Collette's Zeena Krumbein. The movie also stars Cate Blanchett and Willem Dafoe.
In a podcast The Business with Kim Masters, Cooper recalled:
"I remember reading the script and thinking, he's a pickled punk in that bathtub, and it's to story. You have to do it."
The Star is Born actor continued:
"I can still remember that day just to be naked in front of the crew for six hours, and it was Toni Collette's first day. It was just like, 'Whoa.' It was pretty heavy."
Explaining what it feels like working with del Toro, Bradley stated:
"It really is akin to putting on a miner's kit, hat, and flashlight, and looking at each other and then going down in the tunnel, knowing that you may be excavating a route that won't ever get you to the end that day, but you come back up and go down again the next day."
Then he further spoke about his nudity, claiming:
"Because the content of what the movie is, what we were exploring, in order to do it in a real way, it demanded that we'd be naked emotionally and soulfully."
Talking to Deadline, Cooper said that his character is someone "not loved." adding:
"Obviously, the movie belongs to you and all the moviegoers, but my view? He is not a sociopath at all. There is regret. There is empathy. There is self-loathing, all the traits that are current with all of humanity. That was the goal."
Are you looking forward to Nightmare Alley?