Ask anyone about Bradley Cooper, and the reaction is the same: “There’s nobody who’s better liked,” says his childhood friend Brian Klugman, who co- directed The Words. Robert De Niro has invited Cooper to stay at his house several times; colleagues including The Hangover’s Justin Bartha and Cooper’s then-girlfriend Renee Zellweger showed up for his Inside the Actors Studio taping; and demanding directors like David O. Russell (The Fighter) are eager to work with him again and again.
All this is heady stuff for a 37-year-old who gained global recognition almost overnight with 2009’s Hangover and its 2011 sequel, was dubbed People’s Sexiest Man Alive last year and has become the epitome of cool.
And yet, like so many of the great stars who preceded him — the George Clooneys and Brad Pitts — Cooper is more complicated than he appears. The Georgetown graduate has identified with Joseph Merrick (a deformed 19th century Englishman better known as the Elephant Man) since he was a teenager; wrote his college thesis on Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita and favors such books as Milan Kundera’s Immortality; loves films like the French classic Hiroshima Mon Amour; and abandoned Hollywood for Philadelphia when he moved back to his childhood home while his father was sick with cancer. (He died in January 2011.)
And now, improbably, this poster boy for frat boys finds himself at the epicenter of Toronto’s awards-season rush thanks to two films debuting there: Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, in which Cooper plays a bipolar former teacher who becomes involved with a troubled young woman; and The Place Beyond the Pines, in which he’s a cop-turned-politician whose conflict with a criminal (Ryan Gosling) spills over two generations.
The budget for Pines was about $10 million — a bit more than the roughly $6 million for Words and the $1.5 million for Cooper’s current release, Hit and Run. Together, they total fractionally more than the $15 million he’s receiving for Hangover Part III, which starts shooting in mid-September in Los Angeles.
At a point when Cooper has a plethora of offers, he has opted for the challenging and provocative, the small and interesting, risking the laid-back image that propelled him to fame — an image that amuses Hangover director Todd Phillips.
“He is ridiculously different in real life,” says Phillips. “People think he is just playing a version of himself, and that couldn’t be further from the truth. He is very vulnerable — insecure is not the right word — and that character is just straight-up confident. And there’s a warmth to him you would never know.”
Sitting with him this late August evening, it’s hard to reconcile this sweet, exceptionally open man with the defensive, insecure person he and his friends say he once was. Over dinner in the garden of New York’s Greenwich Hotel, he unburdens himself of something fans never would guess: his struggle with addiction, which ended, ironically, half a decade before Hangover.
“I don’t drink or do drugs at all anymore,” says Cooper, noting he gave them up at 29, when their toll was unbearable. “Being sober helps a great deal.”
Once, he relates, “I was at a party and deliberately bashed my head on the concrete floor — like, ‘Hey, look how tough I am!’ And I came up, and blood dripped down. And then I did it again. I spent the night at St. Vincent’s Hospital with a sock of ice, waiting for them to stitch me up.”
He adds: “I was so concerned what you thought of me, how I was coming across, how I would survive the day. I always felt like an outsider. I just lived in my head. I realized I wasn’t going to live up to my potential, and that scared the hell out of me. I thought, ‘Wow, I’m actually gonna ruin my life; I’m really gonna ruin it.’ ”
Friends repeatedly cautioned him, yet he didn’t listen. “Part of me believed it, and part of me didn’t. But the proof was in the pudding: I’d always gotten up at the crack of dawn, and that was out the window. I remember looking at my life, my apartment, my dogs, and I thought, ‘What’s happening?’ ”
It was then he decided to change, and the effect was transformative. In addition to the Sept. 7 release of Words, in which Cooper stars as a successful novelist who secretly has committed plagiarism, he has been mentioned to co-star with Beyonce Knowles in Clint Eastwood’s A Star Is Born (he won’t talk about it), has wrapped Susanne Bier’s drama Serena and even has started writing his own projects, co-authoring an adaptation of Dan Simmons’ Hyperion Cantos sci-fi book series.
Once he completes Hangover Part III, he plans to take another break from Hollywood and bring the stage version of Elephant Man to Broadway in the fall, after performing it to acclaim at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts. Then he will reteam with Russell for an untitled movie about the Abscam scandal of the early 1980s, taking the role of Mel Weinberg, a con man hired by the FBI in a sting operation that targeted members of Congress.
Through his Warner Bros.-based 22 & Indiana Pictures, Cooper also is developing another movie with Russell, based on American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, by former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. And he passionately wants to direct.
I just uploaded the photoshoot Bradley did for the September 14, 2012 issue of The Hollywood Reporter. It’s one of my favorite photoshoots that Bradley has done so far! I also uploaded screen captures of Bradley from a behind the scenes video that was shot during the photoshoot. You can check out the photos in the gallery, as well as the video below. Enjoy!
As you may know, Bradley is on the cover of the September 14, 2012 issue of The Hollywood Reporter! You can check out the cover of the magazine below, as well as in the gallery. The photoshoot will be up soon, along with a behind the scenes video! Enjoy!
Magazine Scans > Scans from 2012 > The Hollywood Reporter – September 2012
Hello everybody! As promised, I uploaded photos of Bradley at the Los Angeles premiere of his new movie The Words. The premiere was held at the ArcLight Cinemas on September 4, 2012 in Hollywood, California. Bradley wore a navy check suit, classic shirt, and leather shoes from Tom Ford. I uploaded 216 MQ and HQ photos of Bradley at the premiere. Just a reminder, The Words opens up in theaters today! Enjoy the photos!
Public Appearances > Events from 2012 > “The Words” Los Angeles Premiere
Hello everybody! Last time I updated I promised that I was back for good and things would get back up to date. Clearly that didn’t happen, but I’m hoping that I am finally back for good. My motivation is at an all time high right now for the site and I’m hoping to get everything back up to date! As you can see, I made a huge, huge, huge gallery update! I uploaded all the recent events Bradley has attended, all the recent photos of Bradley from his movies (including posters, production stills, trailer screen captures), all the latest candids, all the latest photoshoots (I want to thank Claudia at KateBeckinsale.info for the 2006 & 2005 shoots! Thank you so much!), and screen captures of Bradley from all the recent talk shows he has appeared on!
What is to come? Well, quite a bit, actually. If you didn’t notice, I left out the latest photos of Bradley at the The Words premiere the other day. There are a ton and I am working my way to getting them into the gallery. I am also going be to uploading magazine scans of Bradley from his latest cover of The Hollywood Reporter, as well as the photoshoot. Along with the photos from the magazine, I’ll be uploading tons of new articles from the coverage of the magazine. Not to mention the fact that I have layouts for both the gallery and the main site that I am working on as I type. The content of the website is also going to be re-vamped with all new, up-to-date information! I also have a couple surprises coming for you guys too! I will be working extremely hard to get everything up to date and make this the best place for all Bradley fans to unit! Keep checking back for more updates! :)
Public Appearances > Events from 2012
Movie Productions > Hit and Run
Movie Productions > The Words
Movie Productions > The Silver Linings Playbook
Movie Productions > Serena
Studio Photoshoots > Photoshoots > Photoshoots from 2005
Studio Photoshoots > Photoshoots > Photoshoots from 2006
Studio Photoshoots > Photoshoots > Photoshoots from 2008
Studio Photoshoots > Photoshoots > Photoshoots from 2011
Studio Photoshoots > Photoshoots > Photoshoots from 2012
Candid Photos > Candids from 2012
Screen Captures > Guest Appearances > Guest Appearances from 2012
Hey everybody! I know I have been promising a comeback for the site and I can assure you that is going to happen. It’s just coming along very slowly. lol I started with updating the gallery with all the events and candids that I missed while I was away. I’m going to be working on the movies section of the gallery here in a few, as well as the photoshoots and magazines. New layouts will be up soon. Enjoy the photos! :)
Public Appearances > Events from 2012 > Film Independent At LACMA – Live Read of “Shampoo”
Public Appearances > Events from 2012 > 2012 Park City – “The Words” Dinner At Acura Studio
Public Appearances > Events from 2012 > 2012 Sundance Film Festival – “The Words” Premiere
Public Appearances > Events from 2012 > 2012 MBFW – Tommy Hilfiger – Front Row
Public Appearances > Events from 2012 > 2012 MBFW – Tommy Hilfiger – Backstage
Public Appearances > Events from 2012 > 84th Annual Academy Awards – Show
Public Appearances > Events from 2012 > 84th Annual Academy Awards – Press Room
Public Appearances > Events from 2012 > 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
Candid Photos > Candids from 2012 > Jan 13: Out Riding His Motorcycle
Candid Photos > Candids from 2012 > Jan 19: Out to Dinner with Kate Hudson & His Mom
Candid Photos > Candids from 2012 > Jan 19: Arriving at LACMA
Candid Photos > Candids from 2012 > Jan 26: Arriving at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City
Candid Photos > Candids from 2012 > Feb 06: Riding His Motorcycle to a Meeting
Candid Photos > Candids from 2012 > Feb 13: Arriving at LAX Airport
Candid Photos > Candids from 2012 > Feb 15: Out to Dinner with Leonardo DiCaprio & HIs Mom
Candid Photos > Candids from 2012 > May 11: Out and About in Paris
Candid Photos > Candids from 2012 > May 28: Watching The French Open
Candid Photos > Candids from 2012 > Jun 09: Leaving Chateau Marmont
Candid Photos > Candids from 2012 > Jun 11: Riding His Motorcycle in Santa
Candid Photos > Candids from 2012 > Jun 27: Out and About in New York City
Candid Photos > Candids from 2012 > Jun 27: Walking His Dog in New York City
Candid Photos > Candids from 2012 > Jun 30: Out and About in New York City
Hey everybody! Bradley Cooper Network has been hiatus for about 4 months now and I apologize for that. To be completely honest, my motivation for running the site hasn’t been around for quite some time now. However, my motivation is back and I will start updating the site here soon with all kinds of new updates, including tons of news articles I missed, photos, videos, new layouts, and more! Take care everybody and keep checking back! :)
Hello everybody! I have decided to put Bradley Cooper Network on a short hiatus. I have taken about a month to think about it and I think it’s best. Don’t worry though, the site is going nowhere and I will be back running it soon enough. I just need to take another 2-3 weeks to really get my motivation back for the site. I love Bradley and he is one of my all time favorite actors, but I need a break from my online life. I have a lot going on offline in my personal life and because of that, my fan sites that I run have suffered from lack of updates. I hope you guys understand. But like I said, the site is going nowhere. And hey, I might be back sooner that I planned! Take care everybody! :) -Eric
Bradley attended the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards last night and I just updated the gallery with photos of him in the press room and the after party. I have yet to come across any red carpet photos, though. I’m not even sure if he walked the carpet. Also, Bradley presented an award at the show too and I have yet to come across any official photos of him presenting either. I’ll try my best to get those photos in the gallery, as well as screen captures of Bradley from the show. Enjoy! :)
Bradley attended the Los Angeles premiere of The Grey last night, as well as Weinstein Company’s event celebrating Award Seasons! I’m not too sure what’s going on with his facial just yet, though. haha Enjoy the photos! :)