Actor Bradley Cooper has explained his reasons for quitting Jane Got A Gun in a bid to dispel rumours the upcoming Western is a "cursed project".
The film has suffered a string of setbacks after first losing Michael Fassbender and then Jude Law, and The Hangover star since abandoned the lead role, prompting speculation the film is doomed to be shelved.
But Cooper is adamant he only walked away due to scheduling conflicts, and insists he would have loved to have worked with Warrior director Gavin O'Connor, who was called in to replace filmmaker Lynne Ramsay.
He tells The Huffington Post, "That was simply a scheduling thing... (It is) important to make a statement because I just wanted to make sure that there wasn't any bad (feeling) - they've already changed directors, you know, you don't want it to seem like it's a cursed project...
"So, here's the reason, because I would be honoured to work with (director) Gavin O'Connor. If there were any mistake made, it was of sort of jumping the gun and saying, 'Yeah, sure' (and accepting the role) but then realising the logistics were impossible. It would have been a nightmare."
Cooper is confident his replacement is the right man for the job, adding, "Everything worked out for the best because they got Ewan MCGregor. If they could have gotten him at the outset, I would have never gotten offered the role, I'll tell you that."