"It's not diabolical, he's not trying to pull one over on anyone," Cooper said. "He is deeply enamored with this script he comes across. He chooses to put it into his computer to feel what the words are like at his fingertips as written, and then it's his wife, who sees him finally the way he wants to be seen by her, [who] tells him to do this. He doesn't have the heart to tell her it's not his."
It's a juicy role for Cooper. But the real excitement for the established star was the fact the men who were working behind the camera as co-directors are his lifelong friends.
"The thing that we never realized is you take a friendship and you put it into a work environment, it can be disastrous. But it was effortless," said Cooper. "We've been best friends since we were 10, that's the coolest part, is just to see him, you know, I would take pictures of him directing all the time and send them to his mother," he added about co-director Brian Klugman.
"The Words" also stars Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid and Zoe Saldana and is rated PG 13. It's in theaters Friday.