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Bradley Cooper, The Art of Forgery, Cannes report, Folio Prize news

Bradley Cooper on playing Joseph Merrick in The Elephant Man on stage, and Noah Charney on his book The Art of Forgery, plus a Cannes Film Festival report. John Wilson presents.

Bradley Cooper, the Oscar-nominated actor who starred in American Sniper, American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook, takes to the stage in London this week as The Elephant Man. Bradley Cooper discusses his approach in portraying the Victorian Joseph Merrick and the physical challenges he faced, but without prosthetics or make-up.

Art forgers, from the Dutch painter Han Van Meegeren to British artists John Myatt and Shaun Greenhalgh, have fascinated the public with their skill and audacity in hood-winking the art establishment. Noah Charney discusses his new book The Art of Forgery, which explores some of history's most scandalous forgeries and asks what drives talented artists to deceive.

A busy weekend at the Cannes Film Festival has seen people focusing on the new Amy Winehouse documentary, Matthew McConaughey's controversial new film, and Pixar's latest animation which was unveiled today. Jason Solomons reports.

Andrew Kidd, co-founder of The Folio Prize for literature, describes a new challenge the prize faces.

Presenter John Wilson
Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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30 minutes


  • Bradley Cooper on playing The Elephant Man on stage

    Duration: 12:28

  • Cannes Film Festival report

    Duration: 04:32

  • Folio Prize news

    Duration: 03:51

  • Noah Charney on the art of forgery

    Duration: 07:04

The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man
The Elephant Man is at The Theatre Royal Haymarket, London until 8th August.Image:   Bradley Cooper (John Merrick), Alessandro Nivola (Frederick Treves).   Photo credit Joan Marcus.

The Cannes film festival

The Cannes film festival

The Cannes film festival continues Sunday 24 May. 

Image: Marches rouges / Nuit © FDC / C. Duchène 

Noah Charney - The Art of Forgery

Noah Charney - The Art of Forgery
Out now, published by phaidon.  


Role Contributor
Presenter John Wilson
Interviewed Guest Bradley Cooper
Interviewed Guest Noah Charney
Interviewed Guest Jason Solomons
Interviewed Guest Andrew Kidd
Producer Jerome Weatherald


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