Bradley Cooper has revealed he was close to giving up on acting, before he was offered a role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza.
The actor, who also said he hasn’t auditioned for a role since 2012, has seen huge success in films including his critically-acclaimed hit A Star Is Born.
However, he admitted he was just about ready to give it up before Licorice Pizza came along and we’re very thankful for Paul in that case.
The 47-year-old told Mahershala Ali in an interview for Variety: ‘The reason that I didn’t give up acting is Paul Thomas Anderson, specifically.
‘When he called me to maybe be in his movie, Mahershala, I mean really, I think I’d open up a door in his movie. I’d do anything.’
He added that the filmmaker taught him ‘things he never knew’ on set, with the actor hailing him as ‘incredible’.
Comedy-drama Licorice Pizza, which was released last year, follows the story of Alana Kane (Alana Haim) and Gary Valentine (Cooper Hoffman) growing up and running around navigating first love in the San Fernando Valley in 1973.
While Bradley added in the interview that he hasn’t auditioned for a role since 2012, his stardom hasn’t gone to his head as he acknowledged that he’d be happy to ‘audition tomorrow’.
Meanwhile, he’s seen huge success as an actor and a director, most prominently for his film with Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born.
Now he’s turning his hand to hits like Guillermo Del Toro’s Nightmare Alley, but previously insisted he doesn’t care for awards.
Speaking to Ramos for Interview, Bradley said: ‘That awards season stuff is a real test. It’s set up to foster that mentality.
‘It’s quite a thing to work through, and it’s completely devoid of artistic creation.’
He continued: ‘It’s not why you sacrifice everything to create art, and yet you spend so much time being a part of it if you’re, in quotes, “lucky enough to be a part of it.”
‘It’s ultimately a great thing because it really does make you face ego, vanity, and insecurity. It’s very interesting and utterly meaningless.’
Meaningless or not, he’s received his fair share of accolades, including eight Oscar nominations – not too shabby.
Credit: Original article published here.