Bradley Cooper is one of the most successful people in all of Hollywood. From box office success in the form of Wedding Crashers, The Hangover films, American Sniper and American Hustle, to being nominated for several awards, including four Academy awards, and two BAFTA and Golden Globe awards. He was recently spotted kissing Lady Gaga on set of his upcoming effort, A Star is Born. He was also voted as People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive, and it was a well-deserved award. But there’s more to this 42-year-old actor than it may seem at first. Here are 16 surprising things you may not have known about Bradley Cooper!
1. Film and television debut
Bradley’s television debut was on Sex and the City, and while his earliest film efforts didn’t get him anywhere, his role on Wedding Crashers was prominent and it’s the one that kickstarted his successful career.
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2. He’s fluent in French
Yep. After a semester abroad , Bradley can speak fluent French. As if he wasn’t attractive enough already.
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3. Nominated for an Oscar
Bradley has been nominated for an Academy award three years in a row, becoming the tenth actor to do so. The thing is, he doesn’t really care all that much about winning the award. He realized that there are more important things to life after his father Charles passed away in January of 2011.
He stated: “It would change nothing. Nothing. The things in my life that aren’t fulfilled would not be fulfilled.”
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4. Green Lantern audition
Bradley auditioned for the role as the titular character in Green Lantern, but ultimately lost the role to Ryan Reynolds. He stated that he probably lost the role due to constantly imitating Christian Bale during the audition, but it wasn’t so bad because he got a role as Rocket in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
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5. Dating Jennifer Lawrence
At first, Bradley claimed he’d never date Jennifer Lawrence due to their significant age difference (he’s 42 and she’s 26), but he later told Howard Stern that it was just something he said to get the media off his back. Can you imagine these two dating?
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6. Drinking habit
At the age of 29, Bradley decided to quit drinking because at that age, he got so wasted that he smashed his head on a concrete floor to show how tough he was.
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7. Omitting the underwear
At the White House for the state dinner, the tuxedo Cooper wore was too tight and he was worried it would rip, so he decided to get rid of the underwear entirely. I wonder what the people who were with him’s reactions were when they found out…
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8. Committed when dating
He has stated that “When I’m into a woman, I literally can’t stop staring. I become completely entranced.”
Bradley asked J.J. Abrams to write him off the show for the simple reason that he thought he was going to get fired eventually.
But Bradley was the best thing about Alias!
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10. He prides himself on taking whatever was in his fridge and turning it into lasagna.
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11. James Lipton predicted the future
The host of Bravo network’s Inside the Actor Studio always knew that Bradley would be a star. He saw his audition for the program and was even there for the thesis performance, and he predicted “He’s going to go all the way. I never predicted that for any other student.”
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12. Sports lover
Alongside acting, he also loves to play football and golf, and he was even on the school’s rowing team back in university.
Definitely shows where that six pack comes from.
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13. Phil in The Hangover
Time and time again, this role is the one that amazes Cooper the most, and it’s because the character is so different from him.
“I’m always amazed by it. When I look at that character on screen, I don’t see me at all.” he said.
14. American Sniper
In 2014’s American Sniper directed by Clint Eastwood, Cooper portrayed US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. In order to appear larger due to the character he was playing, he worked out for hours a day and consumed 6,000 calories, and he also trained with US Navy SEAL veteran Kevin Lacz, who served with the real life Chris Kyle.
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15. Best co-star kisser
When Bradley was asked this question, the interviewer was expecting the answer to be Jennifer Lawrence, but Bradley instead answered with Michael Ian Black, his co-star in the very first movie he starred in, 2001’s Wet Hot American Summer.
He describes himself as a workaholic, but all those hours he puts in are well worth it because he’s worth $100 million.