Back in August, Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later hilariously dealt with Bradley Cooper’s scheduling conflicts by replacing him with Adam Scott and providing almost no explanation. Now, Scott is revealing that he didn’t know he would be replacing Cooper until a few days before filming on Wet Hot began.
Scott was on Conan this week to promote his new Fox series Ghosted, and he told the story of how he became involved in Wet Hot in the first place. The Parks and Recreation star is friends with director David Wain, and when he was asked to be in the show, he said yes without knowing any more.
“I didn’t even know what it was,” Scott said of the Wet Hot role. “My friend David Wain…he just texted and asked if I wanted to do it, and I just said, ‘Yeah, sure, of course. I love Wet Hot American Summer.’ But then he said, ‘Okay, let me call you, I’ll tell you about the role.’ And I was like, ‘No, it’s okay, it’s fine. Tell me when I have to be there.’ And it wasn’t until a couple of days before that I found out it’s to play the same role as Bradley Cooper.”
Scott said that Wain simply told him,”Don’t worry about it, we’re just going to say you got a nose job.” This is indeed what happens in the show: in the first episode, it’s explained that Ben had a nose job, but all of the characters act like he doesn’t look any different even though he is clearly a completely different person. This fits within the heightened, absurd reality of the whole series, which also made a sequel to the 2001 movie and had the actors, who were all 14 years older, play younger versions of the characters in the original film.
Bradley Cooper was in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, but when it came to make Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, he was not able to fit the project into his schedule. But rather than writing out the character, creators David Wain and Michael Showalter decided to turn this into a joke by recasting him with someone who looks completely different.
“I like unapologetically just swapping out the actor,” Showalter told Entertainment Weekly. “The idea that seemed so silly was that he had a nose job and is worried that people won’t recognize him, and the joke is that everybody recognizes him completely and says that you can barely notice it.”
This, of course, also provided an excuse to bring in a talented comedic actor like Adam Scott, who had the opportunity to co-star with Amy Poehler once again after they played a couple on Parks and Recreation. Director David Wain has said that it’s possible that Bradley Cooper could return as Ben in the future, though no future season has been announced.