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Bradley Cooper Reveals Something His Dad Said That 'Meant the World' to Him

Bradley Cooper Reveals Something His Dad Said That 'Meant the World' to Him

Bradley Cooper gets into character with Alessandro Nivola and Patricia Clarkson in this brand new feature from the December 2014 issue of Vogue magazine.

Here’s what the 39-year-old “Elephant Man” actor had to share with the mag:

On his character John Merrick: “You start out watching a normal man—me—becoming this freak, and then once you’ve given yourself over to the illusion, you slowly start to see him as a normal man beneath the skin. And from there, you start to identify with him, to see him as yourself. It’s a very interesting ride, and we’re asking you to suspend your disbelief in a very stripped-down, nuts-and-bolts way.”

On playing real-life heroes: “It’s the most fulfilling feeling as an actor. You’re taking responsibility toward this other guy’s life. It frees up so much energy to pursue it, because it’s not about you.”

On something his dad said after performing his college master’s thesis: “I remember him hugging me afterward and sort of shaking in my arms. And he just said, ‘You picked the right profession.’ That meant the world to me.”

For more on Bradley, visit Vogue.com.

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Photos: VOGUE/Annie Leibovitz
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  • Ray Wang

    that reminds of that reddit thread….;)

  • Shivani Yadav

    That’s actually the best feeling when your hear such a thing from your parents! =)

  • Colette

    Bradley is lying again to get a Tony and an Oscar. This man lies every award season to get votes. He goes from caring about causes for a few months and lying he wants to be married and have a family and now we have the father angle. Several of his exes said he treated them badly. The guy is a fake.

  • Pamela S

    Funny. I was thinking about you and your father today.

  • Pamela S

    Something just told me you get your work ethic from him. It’s just weird cause this article came out mentioning you and he.

  • val 54

    I’m Bradley’s french fan,
    so I’ve seen Serena ins theather last week… A first time…
    it was a very very good surprise!
    the film is beautiful, really…a lot of sensibility, love… A lot of real love
    Bradley & Jen great,
    landscapes are beautiful
    music beautiful
    the story has sens!!!
    the love between Bradley & Jen wright
    the critics in France were awful…
    In Première cinéma magazine, someone said, The film was a “un navet”…
    so the first day there nobody in théâtre to see the film.
    Why?
    i read the book, the story is not completely the same story but it doesn’t matter
    so I saw the film a second time today
    I love that film
    go to see it!!!!
    congrat Brady, we love you so much,
    you’re stay the best….

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