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Chris Cooper: 'The Corrections' on HBO Will Make Jonathan Franzen Proud

by Mike Ryan, posted Nov 9th 2011 10:30AM
Chris Cooper The CorrectionsChris Cooper won an Oscar playing a hirsute orchid-hunter in Spike Jonze's 'Adaptation,' and he's set to star as the villainous Tex Richman in this Thanksgiving's highly anticipated 'The Muppets,' but early next year he'll set his sights on the smaller screen. Cooper is scheduled to begin shooting the HBO adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's best-selling novel 'The Corrections' in 2012.

In the series, directed by Noah Baumbach ('The Squid and the Whale'), Cooper plays Alfred Lampert, a Midwestern father who -- over the course of 30 years -- copes with the disintegration of his family and his health.

During a publicity tour promoting 'The Muppets,' the actor shared some thoughts with AOL TV on filming 'The Corrections.'

And now you're playing Alfred Lambert in 'The Corrections.'
Yeah, I'm very excited. Boy, this is a brilliant book that Jonathan [Franzen] wrote and it's going to be a terrific challenge. We're going to see this family, the patriarch in the family, go from age 45 to his late 70s. And along the way he will be developing Parkinson's disease. But it's a terrific piece about a family unit. And, boy, somewhere along the way I think everybody will relate in one respect or the other.

How are you approaching the role?
I'm just getting into the research of it. And I think we'll start shooting the pilot sometime in January of next year. So I'm just sitting down and doing my homework on that. And I'm just thrilled working for HBO. I've done work with them a couple of times and this is going to be a wonderful, wonderful challenge.

Obviously this is a much different project than 'The Muppets,' but, just like with 'The Muppets,' fans take this material pretty seriously. There's a lot to live up to, because people love that book.
Oh, yeah. And Jonathan -- which is kind of unusual in the business -- is very much invited and on board with this. If you take a look at the book, there's some interesting pieces that he will have a chance to enlarge on once we get into shooting these scripts. So, it's all going to go through him to his satisfaction.

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