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Bradley Cooper Almost Quit Acting in 2020, Reveals What Changed His Mind

Bradley Cooper Almost Quit Acting in 2020, Reveals What Changed His Mind

Bradley Cooper was very close to giving up his acting career in 2020 and he’s opening up about why he changed his mind.

The 47-year-old actor, who has eight Oscar nominations to his name, discussed his career during a new Actors on Actors interview with Mahershala Ali for Variety.

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During the interview, Bradley mentioned that he was going to quit acting until he was offered a role in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s movie Licorice Pizza.

“The reason that I didn’t give up acting is Paul Thomas Anderson. When he called me to maybe be in his movie, Mahershala, I mean really, I think I’d open up a door in his movie. I’d do anything,” Bradley said.

Licorice Pizza began filming in August 2020 and was Bradley‘s first movie back after the pandemic started.

He continued, “We broke from Nightmare Alley, I was able to grow a beard and Searchlight was praying that I didn’t get COVID, because we had to go back and continue Nightmare Alley, but I was like, ‘There’s no way I’m not doing it.’ That was the first movie back from COVID. And Jon Peters was the beginning of the movie, so I started with everybody else, which was wonderful, rather than coming in when everybody’s already downriver. I spent three and a half weeks with Paul. I watched all the camera tests. He was teaching me all about lenses, things I never knew. He’s incredible.”

Bradley also opened up about the last time he was asked to audition for a movie.

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