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Chris Cooper (b. 1951) is an Academy Award-winning actor who played Tex Richman in the 2011 film The Muppets. He previously voiced Douglas in the 2009 Creature Shop movie Where the Wild Things Are.

For The Muppets, Cooper was taught to rap by music supervisor Bret McKenzie. McKenzie considered teaching Cooper to rap as a highlight of the film experience. For an interview with the Los Angeles Times McKenzie said of the experience, "It was awesome. The first session, where I was secretly working out whether he had rhythm, we did a session on Skype, freestyling. It was like a very primitive Furious Five. I'd rap a line and he'd rap back. He's such a serious guy, and I'm a pretty unserious guy, so it was a funny combination. Luckily, he used to be in a lounge band. Completely musical; got great flow. We'd go in the studio and he was almost Method, the way he rapped. I think he was reading books on how to rap. I don't know where you get those from, but he was serious."[1]

Cooper won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Adaptation (2002), and other films include American Beauty, The Horse Whisperer, Seabiscuit. For television, Cooper has guest starred on Law & Order and Miami Vice.

Sources

  1. "The Contenders: It's easy being Bret McKenzie." Ordoña, Michael. Los Angeles Times. December 8, 2011

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