Bradley Cooper can’t look anything but hot, and this cover of The Hollywood Reporter — out September 14 — proves that statement. But the photograph also looks quite pensive, probably because it needed to reflect the tone of the piece on the actor inside the magazine. His Hangover director, Todd Phillips, has this to say about him, “He is ridiculously different in real life. 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.” And then comes the revelation that surprises us. Cooper himself reveals, “I don’t drink or do drugs at all anymore. Being sober helps a great deal.” He apparently gave them both up when he was 29 years old, when he realized they were too much for him to handle.
Case in point, this experience, Cooper 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.” Woah. Did you know this about him? We didn’t? We’ve only seen Bradley’s “Sexiest Man Alive ” avatar! The confessional tone of the article continues as 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.’ ” Luckily, he got his act together and proceeded to have a really kick-ass career. Which is what brings him, looking all casually sexy in jeans and a white T-shirt, to this cover. Things worked out for everyone!
[Photo via The Hollywood Reporter]