A Podcast with Scott Cooper, the Director of Crazy Heart

By Adam Lippe

Here’s a podcast with Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper who led lead actor Jeff Bridges to a Golden Globe Award. The film is about “Bad” Blake, an alcohol soaked, washed up rock/blues singer, touring dingy bars across the US. Unable to get albums released without the help of his former protege, and now big star, Tommy Sweet (played by Colin Farrell), Blake, bitter and angry, flounders amidst one-night stands in sleazy motels.

Crazy Heart is Cooper’s first film behind the camera, he’s had an reasonable career as an actor (which was how he met the film’s co-star and producer Robert Duvall), and that likely prepared him for interview situations as he’s poised and confident throughout the five reporter roundtable. The interview went on for just over twenty minutes, covering subject matters like influences and inspirations, casting, and how to avoid using screenplay handbooks (like Syd Field manuals) in order to maintain a realistic feel and tone.

Apart from some interference during the opening seconds as Cooper told us about his roots, audio quality is pretty good throughout. There  is a pause at the end before my final question about financing and how the original production company, Paramount Vantage, shut down before the movie was released.

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Whenever there’s a genre parody or ode to a specific era of films, such as Black Dynamite’s mocking of Blaxploitation films or Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof, the second half of Grindhouse, the danger is that the film might fall into the trap of either being condescending without any particular insight, or so faithful that it becomes the very flawed thing it is emulating.

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On Cold Fish:

Though the 16 year old me described the 1994 weepie Angie, starring Geena Davis as a Brooklyn mother raising her new baby alone, as “maudlin and melodramatic,” Roger Ebert, during his TV review, referring to the multitude of soap-operaish problems piling up on the titular character, suggested that it was only in Hollywood where Angie would get a happy ending. “If they made this movie in France, Angie would have shot herself.”

Well Cold Fish was made in Japan, where Angie would have shot herself and that would have been the happy ending.