Good Hope FM’s Breakfast show host, Guy McDonald, flew to London to be among the first to view a movie adaptation of the Need for Speed series of video games.
Dominic Cooper is baffled that he’s often thought of as a ladies’ man.
The actor, who split from Mamma Mia! co-star Amanda Seyfried in 2010, insists he doesn’t actually have much luck in romance.
‘I don’t think I really qualify as some super-hottie,’ says Dominic, 35.
‘An impression builds up around you which is never the reality.
‘In relationships it’s always me who’s had the broken heart. That’s the truth.’
Despite his frequent heartbreak Dominic is very popular with female fans, though he can’t understand why they find him physically appealing.
‘I don’t think I’m sexy at all,’ the British star tells Event Magazine.
‘I think I look like a root vegetable. But if other people think differently, I won’t complain.’
ABC has the script in hand for Marvel’s potential Agent Carter pilot. Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have stated that they have turned in the script for the pilot, which would see Hayley Atwell returning to the role of Peggy Carter from Captain America: The First Avenger and the Agent Carter one-shot.
They added that there are plans for Howard Stark to be a recurring character if the show is picked up and Dominic Cooper can be brought back in. They added that it would be a limited series with thirteen episodes per season, an increasingly-common network tactic that has been used on shows like The Following, Sleepy Hollow and the upcoming 24: Live Another Day. McFeely said that it may be “even less. It would be a limited series and you would wrap up that one bad guy and that one case, and then if you like it we’ll do it again next year and it’s 1947.”
Dominic Cooper is ashamed of his “appalling academic record”.
The 35-year-old actor has discussed his relationship with his mother, who always encouraged him not to worry about what people thought of him. She also believed in his talent as an actor, with Dominic admitting his desire to be in the industry was probably a relief to her because he’d made little effort at school.
“I regret my own appalling academic record. I love learning now and love discovering. But then I just did not pay enough attention. Being in school plays saved me – and so did the encouragement of my mum,” he told British newspaper The Sun.
“She believed in me and my acting, which I really needed at the time. Had it not been for that, I might have gone off the rails. My stepdad, Adrian, who has since died, was also an influence.”
Dominic has three brothers, as well as a half-brother and half-sister. His parents split when he was five and he now realises his mother Julie shielded him from any nasty aspects of the breakup.
Looking back, he has only good memories of his childhood. He inherited a lot of things from his mother, such as his ability to completely misunderstand new technology.
“I remember when my eldest brother, Simon, was trekking in the Himalayas. He had access to a fax machine and my mum wrote him a ten-page letter. She put the letter in an envelope and then faxed the envelope to my brother. He had a printout of just the envelope,” he laughed.
“Hilarious. But that is my mum – she laughs at herself and has taught me to laugh at myself too.”
Julie also made sure she never pried into her sons’ lives, something which has stayed with Dominic. He always knew she trusted him, which is why he felt able to talk to her about anything.
When a lawyer gets involved in a fatal accident, he becomes compelled to set an innocent man free at the expense of his own career in our exclusive deleted scene from Reasonable Doubt. Dominic Cooper stars as district attorney Mitch Brockden, whose life unravels after he flees the scene of a fatal accident. When Clifton Davis (Samuel L. Jackson) is found with the body, he is charged with murder, causing Mitch to throw his own case against Clifton to try and clear his conscience, although this man may not be as innocent as he thinks. Check out this scene that wasn’t shown during its theatrical run, which features Samuel L. Jackson and Gloria Reuben and shows how Mitch starts stacking the deck against himself in court.
Watch the scene here
Need for Speed has topped the UK box office on its first weekend on release.
The Aaron Paul-led action film, based on the long-running EA video game franchise, earned north of £2 million to see off competition from The Grand Budapest Hotel and secure the top spot.
Need for Speed fared better with UK audiences than it did in the US, where it charted at number three over the weekend.
Back in this weekend’s UK chart, 300: Rise of an Empire fell down to number three, while The Lego Movie and Liam Neeson’s Non-Stop round out the top five.
Elsewhere, the only other new release to make it into the top ten is Scarlett Johansson’s Under the Skin. The Jonathan Glazer-directed drama earned £238,694 to land at number ten.
The UK box office figures in full from Friday, March 14-Sunday, March 16:
1. (-) Need for Speed – £2,011,249
2. (3) The Grand Budapest Hotel – £1,309,103
3. (1) 300: Rise of an Empire – £1,223,370
4. (2) The Lego Movie – £998,176
5. (4) Non-Stop – £901,107
6. (5) Ride Along – £426,034
7. (6) The Book Thief – £281,937
8. (7) Escape from Planet Earth – £257,812
9. (8) Mr Peabody & Sherman – £242,010
10. (-) Under the Skin – £238,694
With its authenticity and intensity of action, the movie Need For Speed pays homage to old car movies of the 1970s
IN the latest action thriller Need For Speed, British actor Dominic Cooper stars as Dino Brewster, a car entrepreneur with a sinister side.
“I’ve always loved them and sort of obsessed over them,” he says about his love for cars. “I suppose a majority of boys do. I remember, at a very young age, polishing my models of Ferraris in my bedroom. While other kids were out riding their bikes, I was polishing Ferraris. It’s very bleak.”
Directed by Scott Waugh from a screenplay by George Gatins and John Gatins, the story is based on the Need For Speed series of video games by Electronic Arts. It also stars Aaron Paul, Michael Keaton, Imogen Poots and Dakota Johnson.
Cooper shares more:
Can you talk about the cars you’ve been driving in this movie?
Well, my character Dino gets to drive a few nice ones. I’ve had a couple of Lamborghinis, the Maserati, and a Koenigsegg Agera R that goes to 435km per hour. She’s a Swedish car. It’s beautiful.
Read the rest of the interview here