In an interview with the New York Times, Cooper talks about F. Scott Fitzgerald's detestable millionaire, who almost feels like the nastier version of Cooper's Sack Lodge in 2005's 'Wedding Crashers.' "To me, he's the best character in the book. He's so complicated," the actor said. "He's xenophobic, he's an alcoholic, but he also understands some profound stuff about class. Whoever plays it has to take a gentle hand, because it could so easily be stock, where he's a rich jerk you don't identify with at all." In case you need a refresher, Buchanan is Daisy's racist husband who carries on an affair with Myrtle Wilson, but doesn't take kindly to Jay Gatsby's obsession with his wife.
If you're thinking that Cooper's a long shot for the role, you're not alone. The actor revealed, "I don't even know if I'm on Lurhmann's radar. Maybe he'll read this article after the role's cast and say, 'Oh. Ha. Yeah, that guy was never going to get it.' " Cooper has cocky covered in spades, but does he have the chops to expand the subtleties of a more complex character in a dramatic role?