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Bradley Cooper Recalls Being Held at Knifepoint on the New York City Subway

Bradley Cooper Recalls Being Held at Knifepoint on the New York City Subway

Bradley Cooper is looking back at a scary incident that took place in 2019.

In a new interview with Dax Shepard on his podcast Armchair Expert, the 46-year-old actor detailed being held at knifepoint while he was on his way to pick up his daughter, Lea.

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“I used to walk around New York City all the time with these [headphones] on — this was pre-pandemic — I was on the subway [at] 11:45 to pick Lea downtown at Russian school and I got held up at knifepoint,” he explained. “It was pretty insane. I realized I had gotten way, way too comfortable in the city. My guard was down… I was all the way at the end of the subway.”

He continued, “Innately, I would just go all the way down to the end. I felt somebody coming up. I thought, Oh they want to take a photo or something. As I turned, I’m up against the post like it’s the French Connection or some s–t, and I turned. I looked down and I see a knife.”

Bradley went on to say that the knife was almost three inches long and he thought it was a “nice knife” with “some history” behind it.

“I have my headphones on the whole time. I can’t hear anything. I’m just listening to music. So it’s scored, the whole thing was scored,” he said with a laugh. “I can’t remember [what I was listening to]. I look up, I see the person’s eyes, and I’m taken by how young they are.”

While he had been taught to never run from a knife, he immediately ran toward the exit.

“I just started booking, just started running. I jumped over the turnstile, hid around the white, tiled entrance to the subway [and] took my phone out. He jumped over, running away. I took a photo of him. Then I chased him up the stairs. He started running up 7th Avenue. I took two more photographs of him,” Bradley recalled. “I ran down two police officers in an SUV, showed them the photograph and I’m, like, talking to them, and the guy kept saying — it was so interesting — he’s like, ‘Are you stabbed?’ I was like, ‘No, no.’ He was like, ‘Check to see if you’re stabbed.’ What happens is people get stabbed and they’re in shock. I looked to see if he was right. … And then I got back on the subway and picked up my daughter.”

The Oscar-winning actor shares his 4-year-old daughter Lea with his ex-girlfriend Irina Shayk.

Bradley‘s latest project is the Guillermo del Toro film Nightmare Alley. See the trailer here

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