Bradley Cooper will never forget the words of a famous “A Hole” director who turned down his Oscar nominations at an industry event in 2018.
And the Silver Linings Playbook actor, 47, recently opened up on the SmartLess podcast that he still doesn’t feel respected in Hollywood, IndieWire reported.
He told hosts Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Sean Hayes that a certain director mocked him for having multiple Oscar nominations when he was hitting the press for his directorial debut, A Star Is Born.
Four years ago, Cooper mingled with an actress and a filmmaker at a party hosted by talent agency CAA, when the latter said, “What kind of world are we living in where you have seven nominations and you only have three?”
The “American Sniper” actor has nine Oscar nominations under his belt.
Cooper recalled thinking at the time, “I was like, ‘Bro, why are you such a jerk?’ I would never forget that. Go fk yourself.”
The father of one child also looked back on another incident that made him feel uneasy about his career choice.
In 2013, he received his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor for the dramedy Silver Linings Playbook, competing against icons Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix and Denzel Washington.
He noted to the podcast hosts that a “hero actress” he didn’t know once approached him and sniffed at him for being given the name.
“She says, ‘I saw your movie. You deserve the name,” he said. “I thought, ‘What? Excuse me what?’ “The name.” Then about 10 or 20 minutes later — I’m not kidding — I walked past her as she walked into the bathroom, and she mouthed it, “The nom.” I remember [thinking], ‘What the hell is this town?’ Can you imagine saying that to someone? You have to be fit for that.”
Cooper then admitted that early in his film career he felt “worthless” and “insecure” as an actor.
His follow-up directorial project, Maestro, is next for Cooper and will chronicle the life of legendary West Side Story conductor Leonard Bernstein.
“There’s the movie; a film about marriage, a film about family. It is,” he added of his new drama. “Why is it nuclear? Because it’s this damn music. Music is nuclear. I had a secret weapon in A Star Is Born. It was Lady Gaga. The secret weapon I have in this film is the fucking king Leonard Bernstein and Gustav Mahler. The music!”
https://nypost.com/2022/06/20/bradley-cooper-to-director-who-dissed-his-oscar-nominations-go-f-k-yourself/ Bradley Cooper to director who poked fun at his Oscar nominations: ‘Get it on yourself’