There’s no doubt that top chefs and cooking shows are all the rage these days, so why not make a movie about it?
Bradley Cooper and Matthew Rhys star in Burnt (out on DVD and Blu-Ray today) an entertaining little film about the cut-throat culinary world.
Chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) had it all – and lost it. A two-star Michelin rockstar with the bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything different every time out, and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive Michelin star though, he’ll need the best of the best on his side, including the beautiful Helene (Sienna Miller).
“Burnt” is a funny and emotional story about the love of food, the love between two people, and the power of second chances.
The film also stars Welsh actor Matthew Rhys. Many of you might remember him as Kevin Walker on the hit TV series, Brothers and Sisters – but now he is burning up the small screen on the hit series, The Americans opposite Keri Russell.
In Burnt, Rhys plays Reece, a 3 star Michelin chef opposite Bradley Cooper. While the two start off as “friends” they get very competitive when it comes to the kitchen, especially since Cooper’s character wants that tree star rating. Rhys and Cooper had some tough scenes to shoot in Burnt, especially one in particular when Bradley’s character shows up at his rival’s restaurant drunk and pulls a plastic bag over his head in what looks like a suicide attempt.
At the press conference in New York for the theatrical release of Burnt, (which was hosted by Top Chef Mario Batali) Cooper said, “It was late at night and we didn’t have much time and the bag thing just sort of happened in one of the takes. It just feels vulnerable doing something like that in front of 12 people you don’t know at all, but ultimately it was beautiful,” he said, “because Matthew Rhys who plays Reece was just incredible. We didn’t really know each other at all and next thing you know, he’s caressing me and calmed me down. We’re bonded forever.”
Although Matthew Rhys has made a name for himself on television he is hoping that being in Burnt will help him cross over to more films. Coming up for Rhys is a role in the upcoming Jungle Book: Origins in which he will star opposite Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Benedict Cumberbatch. The movie is directed by Andy Serkis who is known for doing motion capture roles in Lord of the Rings, King Kong and Planet of the Apes.
In our recent interview, Matthew Rhys discussed how much of a cook he really isn’t, what it was like to work opposite Bradley Cooper and his memorable time working in the hit TV series, Brothers and Sisters.