Damn, shit just got dark with Bradley Cooper. Despite being one of Hollywood’s most bankable actors and having been nominated for an Oscar for his work in Silver Linings Playbook, he’s not really all that phased by it because fame and fortune and all that don’t really matter when you’ve watched your own father pass away.
From GQ (via Metro):
The Silver Linings Playbook star said the idea of death haunts him and gives him confidence in equal measure after he nursed his stockbroker dad, Charles J Cooper, through his battle with lung cancer before he died at age 71 two years ago.
‘Death became very real. And very tangible. Because my father – someone who had been in my life for 36 years is just f***ing gone,’ Cooper recalls.
‘I watched him dying and I was there by his bed watching him, breathing with him, and then I saw his last breath and he was gone. I experienced the whole thing. And that was a watershed moment that I was privileged to experience. And it changed everything. Nothing has ever been the same since.’
Damn. I can’t even say anything to that. Having lost family members myself to cancer (as is unfortunately an all-too-common story, these days), I can agree that it’s a devastating situation and puts shit into perspective in life. I think I like Bradley Cooper a little more, now.