Our own managing editor Cole Abaius is braving the sin-filled streets of Las Vegas to attend the junket for the upcoming Todd Phillips comedy The Hangover. And among the countless drunken stars that he’s encountered as part of today’s press day is Bradley Cooper (Wedding Crashers), who was most recently rumored to be the lead candidate for the title role in WB’s Green Lantern.

And as you might expect — nay, demand — every pseudo-journo in the room was asking questions about the possible upcoming project. Cooper’s response: they are just “internet rumors.” He went on to say that there is no truth to said internet rumors, which surfaced on said internet two weeks ago.

Cooper did however, tell our Mr. Abaius that he is a big fan of the comics and that he really digs the character, which is always important.

Allow me to translate all of this, especially for those of you who are following it from different sources around the web. Every studio tentpole has a short list of actors that might fit the bill. Quite often, these lists don’t differ much from film to film — for example, Chris Pine and Sam Worthington seem to be on everyone’s list these days.

Bradley Cooper is not the sort of guy who seems to show up on a lot of these lists, which makes the Green Lantern rumor all the more interesting. And as someone who might not be on everyone’s list, he’s in a position now where he must do what he can to protect that position. So of course he isn’t going to say anything that might disrupt casting decisions or contract negotiations. He’s playing coy, and that is perfectly acceptable at this point. And “internet rumor” or not, I wouldn’t be surprised if a casting announcement isn’t far off. I would be even less surprised if Cooper ended up in the role, based on the way he’s been answering these questions.

Stay tuned for even more from The Hangover junket, including an update from actor Zach Galifianakis on his involvement in Green Lantern (yes, Cole Abaius has been instructed to ask about it.)

The Hangover hits theaters on June 5, 2009.

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