We all know that pre-Hangover Bradley Cooper was not nearly as famous as post-Hangover Bradley Cooper. The Hangover brought him and all of his co-stars a level of fame and freedom to make the sort of film choices that most actors don’t have the ability to. Cooper, especially, has really been spreading his wings, so to speak, and dabbling in an eclectic fare of films. Ranging from the emotional ‘Place Beyond the Pines’ to the charming indie dramedy ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, he’s been showing us that he’s interested in being an acclaimed actor, not just a poster boy for Vegas antics.
Silver Linings Playbook, especially, is bringing Cooper the kind of acclaim and buzz that’s hard to manufacture – after the film won the People’s Choice Awards at the Toronto International Film Festival, it’s gone on to become one of the frontrunners for a Best Picture Oscar nomination, and Best Actor and Actress nods for Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.
Now, Cooper has an interview with ABC news, and while promoting Silver Linings Playbook, talks about how the Hangover franchise changed his life. He says, “For me, 'Hangover' was a huge shift in terms of being recognized more and having more opportunity, but the truth is, that it has been such a slow, incremental growth for me in this business. I never walked through my life being like, having to deal with 'Oh, he's just too good looking."
He adds, "Sack Lodge [his character in 'Wedding Crashers'] was not the handsome a--hole. A lot of the feedback was 'Bradley, you're such a nice guy. No edge. You've got no edge.' I was really bummed out by that."