For the film, 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.
- ↑ "The Contenders: It's easy being Bret McKenzie." Ordoña, Michael. Los Angeles Times. December 8, 2011