In Profile: Chris Cooper

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EIFF 2007 sees a rare UK appearance by Oscar® winning actor Chris Cooper for an exclusive In Person event.

I suspect that a lot of studio executives still think of me as 'what's-his-name'.

In the past Chris Cooper may have passed under the radar of Hollywood’s head honchos, but there’s no question that the ‘actor’s actor’ now commands the attention of execs and audiences alike.

Cooper has delivered unforgettable performances in some of the most important films of the last decade. His breakthrough role at the age of 45, as a small-town sheriff in John Sayle’s Lone Star, served notice of his considerable talent.

The Kansas-born actor won critical acclaim for his chillingly convincing turn as a retired Marine in 1999’s American Beauty, and scooped an Academy Award® for his portrayal of an orchid expert in 2002’s Adaptation.

Allied to his sterling work in the Bourne films, and standout performances in Silver City, Syriana and Jarhead, Cooper is, as The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw notes, “perennially excellent.”

Much of this success can be credited to the actor’s discerning nature and nose for a great script – a factor in his decision to take the role of  traitorous FBI agent, Robert Hanssen, in the gripping true-life espionage thriller Breach.

“Good material is hard to find,” Cooper says of the screenplay. “This jumped out at me – a good script and an unusual character told very well.”

Co-star Ryan Phillippe, who plays the agent charged with investigating Hanssen, is in awe of Cooper’s acting ability.

“Chris Cooper is, in my estimation, one of the best actors working today. The idea of getting to work opposite him, doing this material and having the ability to learn from him just blew me away.”

Revered by his peers and admired by audiences, Cooper's rapid rise has seen him become one of the names in contemporary cinema.

Chris Cooper will be on hand to field questions on Breach, and his incredible body of work, at the exclusive In Person event, which takes place on Friday 24 August at Cineworld.

Breach is screening on Thursday 23 August and Friday 24 August at Cineworld.

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