Unless they dive into the credits of the movie, not many people would know that Bradley Cooper served as a producer on 2019's Joker. The critically-acclaimed film was hailed as one of the best movies of the year and has already earned star Joaquin Phoenix a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Critics Choice Award. He is the frontrunner to receive the Academy Award for Best Actor next month, and it all might have something to do with Cooper himself.
Joker editor Jeff Groth caught up with Collider recently and noted how the A Star Is Born actor was instrumental in the final cut of Joker.
"We kept this one pretty close to us. We screened it more personally for people and filmmakers. Bradley Cooper definitely came in a couple of times. He was a producer on the movie, but he definitely watched the movie many times and sat with us. We could call him if we got stuck with something and be like, 'Hey, can you come over and take a look at things?'" Groth remembered.
By the time Joker came around, Cooper already had several production credits to his name for films including Silver Linings Playbook, American Sniper, American Hustle and Limitless. The 45-year-old worked with Joker director Todd Phillips three times in the past, for each movie in The Hangover trilogy. The two men formed a close friendship that opened the door years later for them to work together on Joker.