Published: May 24, 2013
Plus find out why the Hollywood hot property wants to be a father
Although he appeared in Sex And The City, had a two-year stint in the TV show Alias and went on to appear in The Wedding Crashers and The A Team, it was his co-starring role in the smash 2009 hit The Hangover which put Bradley Cooper firmly on the Hollywood radar.
The 38-year-old subsequently won an Oscar nomination for Silver Linings Playbook and today stars in the third and final outing of the Hangover series.
Bradley, who had a brief marriage to actress Jennifer Esposito, has dated Renée Zellweger, Cameron Diaz and Zoe Saldana and is currently seeing British model Suki Waterhouse, who is 18 years his junior.
Find out what Bradley thinks about his new movie, working with Spielberg and being voted the Sexiest Man Alive after this highlights clip from the Hangover Part III’s European Premiere.
Does The Hangover Part III follow the same formula as the previous two?
It reminds me more of the first one than the second because we’re back in Las Vegas and Los Angeles again. But we don’t have the blackout formula we had in the first two. We’ve earned the ability to veer away from that structure.
Your character Phil has a Wolfpack of friends. Do you have anything similar in real life?
I wouldn’t say it’s a gang, but I have friends I’ve known since I was a kid. I’m very lucky I have wonderful people in my life.
You weren’t really well-known outside Hollywood until The Hangover. What did it do for you?
It provided the opportunity for me to make all these other films and it changed my life. It also changed my family’s lives, my friends’ lives and it changed things economically for me. It’s provided everything for me.
This will be the last Hangover movie. What will you miss?
Each one of the four of us [Bradley, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha and Zach Galifianakis] plays an instrument and there was something wonderful about us together and the jazz we would create. I’ll miss that a lot because there’s nothing like finding that sort of synergy.
Were you disappointed at losing out on the Oscar to Daniel Day Lewis?
It was a wonderful year and I truly didn’t feel disappointed at all. Of course, I knew I wasn’t going to win. Daniel Day Lewis is my hero, as I’ve said for many years, and I just felt I was breathing very refined air.
You will soon be producing and starring in American Sniper for Steven Spielberg. How did that come about?
My production company acquired the book and Steven read a first draft of the script and wanted to make it with us.
You were recently voted the Sexiest Man Alive. Did being such a handsome guy ever affect people’s views of your acting abilities?
Oh, that was hilarious. I called my agent and said, “Ryan Gosling must have said no”. And when I started acting at 25, the feedback was never, “Oh, he’s too good looking” or anything like that. So I’ve never been plagued with it. It would be nice, but it’s never happened.
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
If I had my way I’d primarily just be directing movies. I really love the film-making process, so after the next couple I’m going to have to direct one.
Which movie influenced you the most as a child?
When I was 12, I watched The Elephant Man, the story of the severely deformed Joseph Merrick, and I became obsessed with it. Last summer, I played Merrick on stage and I hope to bring the play to Broadway next year.
You’re single, but have you ever thought about wanting to be a father?
Of course I have. I really hope I have that experience in my life. I saw how much joy fatherhood gave my own dad. So I hope it’s part of my journey. You go through stages in your life, and fatherhood seems like a natural stage.
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