“I retreated into a nihilistic attitude”: Bradley Cooper Thought He Was About to Die Before He Got Nominated For Oscars 9 Times

Bradley Cooper Thought He Was About to Die Before He Got Nominated For Oscars 9 Times
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Bradley Cooper has made a name for himself in the movie industry, as he has worked in some of the most smash-hit films such as American Sniper, The Hangover, and many more. The Silver Linings actor has cemented his spot as one of the A-tier celebrities of the industry, and he is not unknown to working in big franchises as he has played the role of Rocket Racoon in Marvel’s Guardian of the Galaxy.

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Bradley Cooper

Renowned for his constant delivery of powerful and compelling performances that kept the viewers on the edge of their seats. But that’s not all as the Nightmare Alley actor played a wide variety of roles with authenticity, embodying himself with the character. As a result, he was nominated for Oscars nine times. However, Bradley Cooper had a series of unfortunate events which almost killed him in the mid-2000s.

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Bradley Cooper’s Nihilistic Attitude After His Father’s Demise

During an episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge, Bradley Cooper joined Bear Grylls, where he talked about his challenges in overcoming his drug addictions, and how he had some “wild years.” However, he insisted that it was not because of his fame, and he realized how lucky he was.

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Bradley Cooper in Running Wild With Bear Grylls: The Challenge
Bradley Cooper in Running Wild With Bear Grylls: The Challenge

“I didn’t get lost in fame, but I definitely had some wild years,” said Cooper. In terms of alcohol and drugs, yeah. But that had nothing to do with fame, though. But I was lucky, y’know? I got sober at 29 years old. And I’ve been sober for 19 years.”

The Limitless actor talked about another emotional blow when his father died from lung cancer in 2011. Cooper was close to his father and his demise had a massive impact on his life, forming a “nihilistic attitude,” constantly feeling that he would meet his father soon in the afterlife.

Bradley Cooper with his father
Bradley Cooper with his father

“At that time, without a doubt, I retreated into a nihilistic attitude, as if I thought I might be about to die too. I spent some time not being at my best, until I realized that I had to accept who I really was and make peace with myself, and somehow it worked.”

These negative life experiences helped Bradley Cooper to flawlessly play the role of Jackson Maine, an alcoholic musician in the 2018 film, A Star Is Born. However, an audacious lie helped the actor to bag his role in Sex and The City.

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Bradley Cooper Lied To Bag His Role in Sex and The City

The Guardians of the Galaxy actor played the role of Jake, a fleeting love interest for Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw. Cooper’s career rose to prominence for his role in the series. But he bagged the role with the help of a lie, his role came with a requirement. Bradley Cooper had to drive a vintage sports car, something he was not familiar with. 

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Bradley Cooper in Sex and the City
Bradley Cooper in Sex and the City

Despite not knowing how to drive a sports car, he manages to pull that scene successfully. His co-star Cynthia Nixon shared what happened during the shooting of the scene on Watch What Happens Live.

“He told them he knew how to drive a stick because it was his first job and he was desperate to get it. And then the time came for him to pull out, and he was like, ‘I don’t know how to drive a stick.’”

Though Cooper lied to bag the role, he managed to drive the car though he was helped by Sarah Jessica Parker in the passenger seat. Hence, that series helped him to get numerous opportunities in Hollywood, and looking back he would be grateful for how things turned out. 

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Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge can be purchased on Amazon.

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Source: Marca

 

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Written by Tushar Auddy

Tushar Auddy, Junior Content Writer. He has been in the entertainment industry for 3 years and is always on the lookout for a captivating story. He is a student of Linguistics and currently pursuing his Master's degree in the same field. He has a passion for literature that runs deep and loves nothing more than getting lost in a novel for hours on end. When he isn't reading, you'll find him capturing the beauty of language.