How Bradley Cooper and Guillermo del Toro Bonded Over Dark Times and ‘Nightmare Alley’

How Bradley Cooper and Guillermo del Toro Bonded Over Dark Times and ‘Nightmare Alley’
Bradley Cooper and his “Nightmare Alley” director Guillermo del Toro got together Sunday for one of a series of Tribeca Talks. In a virtual conversation originally scheduled to be held live, the actor and director mostly talked about the film noir thriller adapted from William Lindsay Gresham’s pulpy 1946 novel, digging into a creative endeavor that both men said changed how they will make movies forever.

For one thing, back on March 10, 2020, the director and his star conferred and agreed that they needed to shut down “Nightmare Alley” — immediately. “We were both concerned,” said del Toro. “Stopping was not mandatory back then, but we both felt if we don’t stop now and someone gets sick — we said, ‘we gotta stop.’ Nobody was expecting it. Everybody went to lunch and came back six months later.”

In that time, del Toro edited the one-third of the movie, and realized the changes
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