7:15am PT by Tatiana Siegel
Bradley Cooper Was Supposed to Star in 'A Dog's Purpose'
When Bradley Cooper drops out of a film, Josh Gad isn't typically the next call. But he was when the American Sniper star opted out of voicing the pooch in A Dog's Purpose.
According to a knowledgeable source, Cooper decided not to lend his voice after seeing an early cut of the Lasse Hallstrom film. However, a rep for Cooper says that isn't accurate. Either way, it was a fortunate turn for Cooper given the film's PR woes sparked by a leaked video of a stressed German shepherd performing a stunt in water. (The resulting outcry was addressed by the film's producer Gavin Polone in an essay for THR.)
Gad, an owner of a rescue dog, was one of the first to weigh in: "I am shaken to see any animal put in a situation against its will." Cooper, also a rescue dog owner, need not worry about animals being harmed on set for his next voice role: His Rocket the Raccoon on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a CGI creation.
This story first appeared in the Feb. 3 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.