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Bradley Cooper as … The Elephant Man

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As you can imagine, Bradley Cooper is doing a theater production on ‘The Elephant Man’, and as you can see from the photo above, the transformation is really kind of … well, it’s creepy, to say the least. From the Times-Union:

His John Merrick – a man with hideous deformities who goes from being a sideshow freak to the toast of the town – succeeds with the right amount of intensity to maintain his contorted posture and the right amount of charm to reveal Merrick’s humor and humanity.

Cooper’s transformation into Merrick is one of the strongest moments of theatricality in the production. Cooper stands onstage dressed only in shorts while a screen shows photographs of the actual John Merrick, and Merrick’s caretaker Dr. Treves (ably played by Alessandro Nivola) describes the images. As Treves details Merrick’s deformities, Cooper undergoes a stunning transformation by twisting his fingers together, lifting his arm, turning in a leg, thrusting out a hip and sliding his lips to one side of his face.

So really, in short, the only thing you need to know is that no. Bradley Cooper looks nothing like the Elephant Man, John (official name Joseph) Merrick. Because this is what John Merrick looked like, if you didn’t know:

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No. Bradley Cooper looks nothing like that, thankfully for him. But one thing is for certain—he looks super, super creepy just the way he is, you know? Yikes.

New Couple Alert: Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana

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From E!:

The reigning Sexiest Man Alive and Zoe Saldana are dating and they’re extremely happy about it, sources exclusively tell E! News. And we hear that the pair are just now starting to tell family and friends that they’re an item.

… A rep for Saldana, who recently filmed The Words with—and got to practice kissing—Cooper, denied that the costars were anything more than friends a month ago, after their appearance together at a Manhattan nightclub prompted romantic speculation. But as recently as last week, a source tells E! News, they were telling friends that they had plans to go skiing in the Rockies together over the holidays. “They are totally dating,” the source says.

Reps for both stars did not immediately return requests for comment.

What do you guys think – better off with J. Lo, or should Bradley just stick to dating women who don’t date children?

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Even Bradley Cooper Thinks Ryan Gosling Should Have Been People‘s Sexiest Man Alive

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I know, I know, it’s been weeks since People magazine named Bradley Cooper the “sexiest man alive,” and likewise, it’s been weeks since everyone, myself included, threw a fit that Ryan Gosling didn’t receive that title. And believe me, if I could, I would just bury that under the rug. I would just chalk the whole thing up to another one of life’s many injustices, and I wouldn’t have given it another thought.

But Bradley Cooper just said that Ryan Gosling deserved it, and really, am I supposed to leave that alone?

“There was such a backlash to when they announced it and Ryan Gosling, who I love and I just did a movie with him – he’s the greatest ,” said Cooper, who claimed a friend sent him a link to a website comparing paparazzi photographs of the two actors who were both in Paris last week.

“When I say friend, I mean me, alone in my room, looking at the computer,” Cooper joked. “And it’s like him walking around and he literally looks like he’s in a photo shoot, like he just came off the runway. And there’s ones of me, and I literally look like the neighbor who never really comes out of his house, and when he does, you’re like, ‘Maybe you should just stay in. We don’t know what he does in there!’ So it’s been interesting.”

Cooper admits he’s still coming to terms with all the attention, joking that the “Sexiest” title is “the worst.”

“I’m finally at an age – I’m 36 years old – where I really don’t care about anything like that anymore, which is a wonderful thing and then this happened and then I started to realize just how not sexy I am,” he said.

In fact, the new title has made Cooper rethink his day-to-day activities.

“I have a lot of moments where [I’m] walking out and I’ll open up the door [and think to myself], ‘I could do that a lot sexier,’ ” he laughed.

Do you like Bradley Cooper more after that? Because I sure do.*

*Ryan Gosling in 2012!

Bradley Cooper: Sexiest Man Alive?

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According to People, yes, Bradley Cooper is the sexiest man alive. Is that bizarre to anyone else? I’m not saying that Bradley Cooper isn’t an attractive individual, because he is, but in a goofy way or an adorable way or an “aww, yeah, he’s cute, but he’s my gay BFF/just like my brother, it’s weird to think of him like that!” way.

Another thing: how in the world did Ryan Gosling not get this cover? How has 2011 been anything but The Year of the Gosling? And sure, he did make the list, but for Ryan Gosling not to get the title of Sexiest Man Alive is appalling to me. I’ll never be able to understand People‘s reasoning, and it’s going to take me a long time to come to terms with their careless, callous choice.

Who do you think should have won the honor of being 2011′s Sexiest Man Alive?

Ooh, Bradley Cooper Caught Shacking Up (OK, Driving) With a Lady Friend

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Can you guess the lucky lady riding shotgun in Brad‘s car? Why it’s none other than Jennifer Lopez. Yup. Jennifer Lopez. I know she’s covering her face quite well in this photo (which is courtesy of People, so thanks, guys), but eyewitnesses claim that it was Jennifer who emerged from the vehicle and Jennifer who probably went right home with Brad, since there was probably no way they were headed out for dinner with her hair looking that crazy.

I know when my hair gets like that, the only place I go is my living room with a blanket and a pillow to watch Paranormal Witness.

Enjoy, guys!

New Couple Alert: Bradley Cooper and Kirstie Alley

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Oh my gosh, did you guys really believe that? Did you really think that I was about to tell you about Bradley Cooper taking Kirstie Alley out on a hot date filled with romance and attraction? Aww, no, darlings. No, that’s not how it happened. Bless your hearts! No, this is just another story documenting Kirstie Alley’s lovable delusions.

From the National Enquirer via Celebitchy:

The 60 year-old former “Fat Actress” – who has dropped an astonishing 100 pounds in the past several months – has been asking mutual friends to set her up with [Bradley Cooper], who is 36. But her cougar crush isn’t likely to work out, say sources, because the handsome actor is “just not that into her.”

“Kirstie has been desperate for a date with Bradley,” an insider revealed.

“Since dropping the pounds, Kirstie believes she can have any man in Hollywood – and Bradley is her number one pick.

“They have mutual friends, and Kirstie told them she wanted to meet Bradley. She thinks once he gets to know her, the feelings will be mutual.

“Bradley is just about to start production on a new movie that shoots in Philadelphia. Now Kirstie is telling pals that she has some business to do in Philadelphia and that she hopes Brad will find time to have a coffee with her…”

Bradley’s not really interested! “Bradley is looking to meet somebody to settle down with an start a family,” added the insider.

And that’s not Kirstie!

Did anyone else just gain a massive amount of love for Kirstie Alley?

New Couple Alert: Jennifer Lopez and Bradley Cooper?

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Did you just gag a little? I just gagged a little. Not only because Bradley Cooper is way too awesome for Jennifer Lopez, but also because that little picture above is actually from a whole year ago, which might add some plausibility to this story. Which, you know, GROSS.

However icky this might make me feel, the story is that Bradley and Jennifer had a “romantic” dinner alone in New York on Saturday night. That’s all, no other details, nothing. So really, it might not be true. It might just be the figment of some really sick and twisted person‘s imagination. Hey, we can dream, right?

What do you guys think? Does it gross you out too, or do you think they make a cute couple? Or are you even cool enough to care about Bradley Cooper and his activities?