Bradley Cooper is Hollywood’s “Golden Boy” at the moment. In the new GQ magazine, the actor reveals that he doesn’t take his celebrity lifestyle all that seriously.
Bradley, 38, shows off his sensitive side in this month’s GQ magazine. The actor opened up about watching his father die two years ago.
“Death became very real. And very tangible. Because my father – someone who had been in my life for 36 years is just f***ing gone. I watched him dying and I was there by his bed watching him, breathing with him, and then I saw his last breath and he was gone. I experienced the whole thing. And that was a watershed moment that I was privileged to experience. And it changed everything. My father gave me two gifts – having me and dying with me. I used to be the kid that got the shakes if I had to talk in public; now, I just don’t get nervous about stuff. I can’t control everything. I watched my father die and I realised that is the way we are all going to die. For me, it was a switch from knowing something intellectually to knowing it by tangibly experiencing it. It rewired my neurological system. It almost did the opposite of motivating me. It was about keeping the main thing the main thing.”
Bradley also opened up about wanting to do his hit movie ‘The Hangover,’ and how his friends tried to talk him out of it.
“Well, let me tell you about actors. Back then, I had a couple of high-profile actor friends who were pretty successful and they were saying, “Why are you doing that movie called The Hangover? I read the script and I passed.” And I’m like, “Oh, OK. Well, I’m doing it.” Something I’ve learned: other successful actors love telling one another they’ve passed on a script. And then it turns out the script was sent to them but wasn’t offered to them. Actors are a crazy breed. I feel honoured to be a part of this profession, but I also feel a lot of gratitude that I am not a typical actor. Not at all.”
Bradley revealed why he chose to become sober.
“I had my reasons and I don’t like getting into it too much. I’m not going to say I’ll never drink ever again. I mean, who knows what will happen in the future? I just consider… What I will say is that my life was going in one direction and that terrified me. It scared the s*** out of me. I knew I had to make some changes if I ever wanted to fulfil whatever potential I had as a human being. I felt a huge sense of responsibility to my parents, especially to my father. When I took out a loan to go to grad school to act I could see that deep down he was f***ing terrified.”
In his latest film The Place Beyond The Pines Bradley is forced to kill Ryan Gosling – not an easy task.
“Who would ever want to be in a movie where you’re the guy that kills Ryan Gosling? Ryan Gosling looks sexy as hell in this movie, too. He’s all muscled out, tattooed up; a super-cool outlaw bank robber who gets to hold a baby for most of the movie. And me – my character, this cop who lies and rats on his buddies – is supposed to turn up 45 minutes into the movie and kill Ryan Gosling? I love Ryan.”
Bradley apparently does not want an Oscar.
“It would change nothing. Nothing. The things in my life that aren’t fulfilled would not be fulfilled. Career-wise, right now, it’s better that I don’t win one. I don’t want to win. I don’t.”
I don’t believe for one second that it wouldn’t change anything.
But I LOVE him. I thought he was robbed of an Oscar for his role in ‘Silver Linings Playbook’.