GQ kicks off 2014 with Bradley Cooper on their cover. I can’t think of a better way to ring in the new year. While I prefer my Bradley with longer locks, I’d take one with a close buzz cut or even with a 70s perms looks anytime. I’m not that picky when it comes to Cooper.
The publication enlisted photographer Peggy Sirota to hustle herself down to Hawaii to snap the American Hustle star. Tough gig. Where do I sign up? The 38-year-old actor channels old school Steve McQueen cool wearing sharp threads while talking candidly with GQ. He talks about his past drug abuse, how it affected his work and how he so desperately wanted to be written off Alias. Was Jennifer Garner that bad? Nope, that’s not the reason. Find out why below, along with more quotes and photos from his slick editorial.
On Requesting To Be Written Off Alias
“I would only work three days a week. And then for the second season, I got even more sidelined. I was like, ‘Ugh.’ And then next thing you know, I was like, ‘I want to f–king kill myself.’
On Doing Movies (All About Steve) After Being Sober
“I was doing these movies, and I got to meet Sandra Bullock and meet these people and work with them. And I’m sober, and I’m like, ‘Oh, I’m actually myself. And I don’t have to put on this air to be somebody else, and this person still wants to work with me? Oh, what the f–k is that about?’ I was rediscovering myself in this workplace, and it was wonderful. Now, in the back of my head, or in a place of my heart of, like, creativity, did I feel utterly fulfilled? Absolutely not. But I was grateful and happy to be working, and filling that void in smaller moments.”
On His Past Drug Abuse Affecting His Work
“I mean, it has to have. And to this day, of course, because it’s a life experience. And all I do is bring life experience. That’s all anybody really does. It’s inescapable.”
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