The actor, who plays a cop-turned-politician in the crime drama, was away from the set when Hurricane Irene struck Schenectady, New York during the shoot in August last year (11).
Cooper immediately drove back to the location and was in awe of the destruction caused by the heavy rains.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Everything was flooded. (The crew) had to go in with rowboats to take film from one place to the next."
The Place Beyond The Pines wasn't the only production affected by Hurricane Irene - TV drama One Tree Hill was shut down as the storm lashed the East Coast of the U.S.
At least 25 died after Hurricane Irene ripped through states including New Jersey, Virginia and North Carolina, leaving a trail of destruction.
Now Alley, who was on the U.S. East Coast when the storm made landfall, has heaped praise on the rescue teams who helped save New York residents from the disaster.
In a post on Twitter.com, she writes, "Admiration to all the Firefighters and rescue teams who helped save so many lives during the storms & floods across the East... Humbled."
Residents in low-lying areas of the Big Apple were told to leave their properties over the weekend (26-28Aug11) in a bid to avoid the storm, and the 30 Rock star fled to his East Hampton bolthole.
Hurricane Irene struck New York on Sunday morning (28Aug11) - but by the evening Baldwin was already on his way home.
In a post on his Twitter.com page, he writes, "Just arrived back into a post-Irene NY. I found the hurricane.....draining."
And Baldwin wasn't the only one eager to return to the city following the storm. Justin Timberlake tweeted, "Excited to get back to NYC. My thoughts are with everyone affected by Irene."
British model/actress Elizabeth Hurley is currently filming TV show Gossip Girl in the city, and rather than evacuating, she decided to stay in her Manhattan hotel.
Updating her fans on her situation on Sunday, Hurley revealed, "All thoughts go out to everyone seriously affected by Irene; we seem to have got off lightly in mid Manhattan. Just rain and high winds. Still a ghost town though - no tourists, no transport, no restaurants, no shops. Almost creepy."
The movie debuted behind blockbuster Rise of the Planet of the Apes when it was released earlier this month (Aug11), but it has become the sleeper hit of the summer (11), grossing more than $96 million (£60 million) in America alone.
Thanks mainly to Hurricane Irene on America's east coast, it only earned $14.3 million (£8.9 million) over the weekend to take the top spot.
Zoe Saldana's new film Colombiana is second and the Planet of the Apes prequel comes in third.
Debuts from Don't Be Afraid of the Dark and Our Idiot Brother round out the new top five.
Disney’s late-summer hit The Help tops the box office chart for the second consecutive weekend with $14.3 million and another modest 28% weekend over weekend drop. The film opened three weeks ago in the number two spot, but has reclaimed dominance in the marketplace as great word-of-mouth for the film continues to sweep the nation. The $100 million mark will be crossed this week for this audiences pleasing film.
Sony’s Colombiana added some late summer action sizzle to the mix with Zoe Saldana kicking butt as a cold-blooded assassin in this stylized PG-13 romp written by the legendary Luc Besson. Besson has had his hand in such films as Taken, The Professional and La Femme Nikita. $10.3 million was the result as aficionados hit theaters to get their late-summer action fix.
Yet another horror re-make hit theaters this weekend as Film District’s Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark updates the 1973 movie of the same name with the unique sensibility of Guillermo del Toro who serves as screenwriter. Starring Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce this R-rated story of a young girl who discovers creatures in her new home sent horror fans to the multi-plex looking for a good scare and an opening weekend of $8.7 million.
Fox’s Rise of The Planet of the Apes enters its fourth weekend with a fourth place finish of $8.65 million and is closing in on $150 million in domestic revenue by Sunday night.
Opening this weekend with $6.6 million is the R-rated off-beat comedy Our Idiot Bother from the Weinstein Company and the producers of Little Miss Sunshine. The film starring comedy mainstay Paul Rudd as a stoned out idealist who crashes into the lives of his sisters found favor with audiences looking for some light-hearted escapism.
A very tough weekend on the east coast as Hurricane Irene took its toll on the box office and the nerves of many on the eastern seaboard. The weekend was off a solid 23% from the same weekend a year ago when Takers and The Last Exorcism had strong late-August debuts with over $20 million each.
Weekend Box Office
Top Movies for Weekend of August 26, 2011 (estimates)
Movie Weekend Gross Total to Date
1 The Help (PG13) $14.3M $96.6M
2 Colombiana (PG13) $10.3M $10.3M
3 Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (R) $8.7M $8.7M
4 Rise of the Planet of the Apes (PG13) $8.65M $148.4M
5 Our Idiot Brother (NR) $6.6M $6.6M
"Is the storm coming here? IS THE STORM COMING HERE?!?! AAAAAAAGGGGGHHHHHH! I have water, batteries, a Scrabble dictionary, peanut M&Ms, a copy of Decision Points and a Thigh Master." Alec Baldwin is prepared for the worst as Hurricane Irene bears down on America's east coast.
The show, which shoots in Wilmington, ended production on on Thursday (25Aug11) and all weekend filming was cancelled in preparation for the storm, which is expected to lash America's east coast on Saturday (27Aug11).
Sophia Bush, the star of the drama, took to Twitter.com on Thursday night to relay the news to worried fans.
She wrote, "OTH production has been canceled for tomorrow. All our fans in town, please stay inside! We will not be filming. Stay safe."
And co-star Austin Nichols added, "Shutting down production tomorrow. Can’t wait to dance with this large woman called Irene."
A representative for the show confirms, "As a precautionary measure and in consideration of our cast and crew, One Tree Hill production has shut down for today and tomorrow due to Hurricane Irene. We will continue to monitor the situation over the next few days."
"I already didn't beat irene. all flights cancelled. now i get to have a storm watching party in my hotel room. kind of excited about that..." Actor Zachary Quinto has been left grounded in New York as the East Coast of America prepares to be hit by Hurricane Irene over the weekend (27-28Aug11).
Batten down the hatches, it's going to be a rocky weekend. As the East Coast prepares for the wrath of Hurricane Irene, celebrities from all over the world are voicing their concern and sending their love to those who will come head-to-head with this indestructible force of nature. Now I'm hoping that all the nervous hype ends up being nothing but a little rainfall (at least that's what I'm telling my worried parents), but it's nice to know that some Hollywood stars are thinking of us in our time of need -- even if they are nice and dry over there on the West Coast. It's the thought that counts right? Check out the A-list tweets below and see which celebs were kind enough to keep East Coasters in their thoughts. Some of them are even kinda funny:
Kim Kardashian tweets: I hope everyone on the East Coast is safe! I heard the weather is crazy!
Josh Duhamel tweets: My heart goes out to everyone affected by #HurricaneIrene. Praying for your safety.
Lala tweets: Just landed in NYC..haven't been here in weeks and I just happen to come when the hurricane is rolling thru..YIKES! #prayingfortheeastcoast
Kirstie Alley tweets: If you find the need to evacuate for the impending Irene..PLEASE take your pets.......and of course your kids....LEAVE bad lovers behind..;)
Goldie Hawn tweets: Thinking of you all who are weathering the hurricane on the east coast! Take good care
Denise Richards tweets: Praying everyone on the east coast stays safe...
Jon Favreau tweets: To all the coastal dwellers back East, stay safe.
Elizabeth Banks tweets: Everybody in the hurricane, be safe. Everybody else, let your worry about the hurricane fade away while seeing #OurIdiotBrother tonight!
Alright, the last one was totally self promotion, but we appreciate the shout-out anyways. To reiterate what Hollywood's finest are trying to say -- everyone stay safe this weekend and hope for the best! Check the Zone Map here.
Click on the image below for more photos of Kim Kardashian!
The hurricane has been lashing the Caribbean since the start of the week (begs22Aug11) and is moving up America's East Coast.
It's predicted to hit the Big Apple over the weekend (27-28Aug11), and Parker has made sure she won't get caught out when the bad weather arrives.
The Sex and the City star tells the Hollywood Reporter she and husband Matthew Broderick are "battening down the hatches" of their New York home and are well equipped with water, flashlights and batteries in case the hurricane knocks out the power to their property.