Scott Cooper (director)
Cooper at the 25th Independent Spirit Awards
in March 2010
|Born||April 20, 1970|
Abingdon, Virginia, U.S.
|Alma mater||Hampden–Sydney College|
|Occupation||Actor, screenwriter, director, producer|
Scott Cooper (born April 20, 1970) is an American director, screenwriter, producer and actor. He is known for writing and directing Crazy Heart (2009), Out of the Furnace (2013), Black Mass (2015) and Hostiles (2017).
Cooper was born in Abingdon, Virginia. He is a 1988 graduate of Abingdon High School. Cooper trained as an actor at Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City. He received both his undergraduate degree in 1992 and his Doctor of Humane Letters in 2014 from Hampden–Sydney College in Hampden Sydney, Virginia.
Cooper is married and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Jocelyne Cooper, and their two daughters, Ava and Stella.
Cooper spent a decade working as an actor in film and television.
He made the switch to directing with 2009's Crazy Heart, starring Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The film, released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, received widespread critical acclaim and a number of accolades, including the Academy Awards for Best Actor (Bridges) and Best Original Song.
Among Crazy Heart's fans were director Ridley Scott and producer Michael Costigan, as well as executives at Leonardo DiCaprio's production company, Appian Way. Cooper was offered the opportunity to develop The Low Dweller, a spec script written by Brad Ingelsby that had DiCaprio and Scott attached, as actor and director respectively. Cooper rewrote the script, drawing on his experience of growing up in Appalachia and losing a sibling at a young age.
Relativity Media put the film, now titled Out of the Furnace, into production in 2012, with Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson and Casey Affleck leading the ensemble cast. Cooper directed the film, and shared writing credit with Ingelsby. DiCaprio and Scott remained as producers.
In January 2014, Cooper became attached to rewrite and direct Black Mass, a crime drama based the book of the same name by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill, described as the "true story of Billy Bulger, Whitey Bulger, FBI agent John Connolly and the FBI's witness protection program that was created by J. Edgar Hoover." Barry Levinson had previously been involved with the project. Johnny Depp, who had been on and off the project for a number of years, came back on board to play the infamous Boston crime boss Whitey Bulger, alongside Joel Edgerton as Connolly and Benedict Cumberbatch as Billy Bulger. The film was released in 2015.
Cooper wrote, directed and produced the 2017 western Hostiles, based on a decades old manuscript by the late screenwriter Donald E. Stewart. The film reteamed Cooper with his Out of the Furnace star, Bale, alongside Rosamund Pike. It had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival, with US distribution rights picked up by Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures.
Films that have influenced Cooper include: Robert Altman's Nashville, Terence Malick's Badlands, John Huston's Fat City and Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show. His principal film-making mentor has been veteran actor, producer and director, Robert Duvall.
He and Duvall met on the set of Gods and Generals and struck up a friendship. Cooper was married on Duvall's 300-acre (1.2 km2) Virginia estate. The two appeared together in Broken Trail and Duvall produced and appeared in Cooper's film Crazy Heart.
Filmography and career
|For Sale by Owner||No||Yes||Yes|
|2013||Out of the Furnace||Yes||Yes||No|
|1999||Perfect Fit||Guy in bar|
|1999||Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me||Klansman's Son – Bobby|
|1999||The X-Files||Max Harden (TV, 1 episode), in the seventh season episode Rush|
|2000||Takedown||Jake Cronin (also known as Hackers 2: Takedown and Track Down (DVD))|
|2001||Bill's Gun Shop||Dillion McCarthy|
|2001||The District||Michael Barrett (TV, 1 episode, 2001) (also known as "Lost and Found")|
|2003||Gods and Generals||Lt. Joseph Morrison|
|2003||Save It for Later||Jake O'Connor (also known as Water Under the Bridge)|
|2006||Broken Trail||Gilpin (TV mini-series)|
|2009||For Sale by Owner||Will Custis|
Awards and nominations
- Nominated for Most Promising Director for Crazy Heart at CFCA Award 2009
- Nominated for Best Screenplay for Crazy Heart at 2010 Independent Spirit Awards
- Nominated for Best Screenplay for Crazy Heart at 2010 Writers Guild of America Awards
- "Scott Cooper '92 Awarded Honorary Degree".
- Profile, latimesblogs.latimes.com; accessed October 5, 2016.
- Jr, Mike Fleming (2013-11-20). "Fleming Q&As 'Out Of The Furnace' Helmer Scott Cooper". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
- Jr, Mike Fleming (2012-03-06). "Casey Affleck Frontrunner to Join Revenge Thriller 'Out Of The Furnace'". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
- Cappadona, Bryanna (June 20, 2013). "Who Should Play Whitey Bulger in Black Mass?". Boston. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
- Rottenberg, Josh (February 22, 2013). "Hollywood Insider: What's Going on Behind the Scenes: Boston's Bulger is Now Hollywood's It Gangster". Entertainment Weekly. New York: Time Inc.: 27.
- Jr, Mike Fleming (2014-01-14). "'Out Of The Furnace' Helmer Scott Cooper In Talks For 'Black Mass;' Johnny Depp Talks To Play Whitey Bulger Reignite". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
- Jr, Mike Fleming (2018-01-04). "'Hostiles' Scott Cooper On Directing Christian Bale, And The Strange James Earl Ray Tie Behind His MLK Film". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
- McNary, Dave (2017-10-03). "Christian Bale's 'Hostiles' Acquired by Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios". Variety. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
- Anthony Kaufman (2010-01-20). "Variety, Jan. 20, 2010". Variety.com. Retrieved 2016-10-05.[permanent dead link]
- "INTERVIEW: Scott Cooper and Robert Duvall". Incontention.com. Retrieved 2016-10-05.
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