It’s a good thing Bradley Cooper didn’t win that Oscar, because he doesn’t want one anyway.
Or so he told the UK version of GQ in his latest interview as the magazine’s April cover boy.
Since it’s only been a little over a week since the Academy Awards, we can safely assume that Bradley’s interview happened well before the inevitable happened and he lost to Daniel Day-Lewis’ towering Lincoln performance. But lest you think he shed a private tear at home after the event, Bradley clearly has bigger, more existential matters on his mind. He lost his father to cancer two years ago, and clearly the experience is still haunting him.
So what's his unusual (and rather dark) reason for nixing an Oscar?
“My father gave me two gifts – having me and dying with me," he told GQ UK. "I used to be the kid that got the shakes if I had to talk in public; now, I just don’t get nervous about stuff. I can’t control everything. I watched my father die and I realized that is the way we are all going to die. For me, it was a switch from knowing something intellectually to knowing it by tangibly experiencing it. It rewired my neurological system. It almost did the opposite of motivating me. It was about keeping the main thing the main thing.”
Almost sound like he’s talking as his Silver Linings Playbook character. Perhaps the recent loss of his father is what helped the father-son scenes played with Robert De Niro so touching?
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While we think there could very well be an Academy Award in Bradley’s future with all the high-profile projects he’s pursuing (including another team-up with David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence), Bradley is in no hurry to hear his name announced out of that golden envelope.
“I don’t want to win an Oscar. It would change nothing. Nothing. The things in my life that aren’t fulfilled would not be fulfilled. Career-wise, right now, it’s better that I don’t win one. I don’t want to win. I don’t.”
Okay, well, let’s call that the “rough draft” of his Oscar speech. There’s still plenty of time to work on it…
But if Bradley is dead serious about not wanting an Oscar, maybe he should go back to starring in movies like Valentine’s Day and All About Steve. No threat of an Oscar there, Bradley!
Can you see Bradley winning an Oscar someday?
Photos via GQ