Admittedly, he and Lawrence “don’t talk often”–but on their fourth time collaborating in “Joy,” opening Christmas Day, getting into the grove was easy.
“It was like we never stopped,” he tells Deadline. “We just started where we left off, and that’s rare. It’s just easy to look at her and feel like I’m telling the truth.”
Cooper tells Deadline that dancing with Lawrence in 2012’s “Silver Linings Playbook” possibly solidified their bond.
“I wonder if these guys who do ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ like, have a connection forever,” he said, “I really do think that really provided the basis by which we can just work together.”
They shined on the big screen under David O’Russell’s direction in “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012), “American Hustle” (2013) and the forthcoming “Joy,” but couldn’t revive their magic in Susanne Bier’s panned Depression-era indie “Serena” (2014).
Inspired by true events, Cooper and Lawrence bring to the big screen the self-wringing Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano’s real-life success story in “Joy.” Cooper portrays the Home Shopping Network executive who gives struggling mother-of-three Mangano’s product the green light, which lead to her massive success as a home products entrepreneur who later launched Huggable Hangers, Forever Fragrant, among other bestsellers.
“Joy” opens Christmas Day. Watch the trailer below.