Bradley Cooper gained 40 pounds for ‘American Sniper’: would you hit it?


Can you believe that this is Bradley Cooper? I’ll admit, I thought the photo agency had mislabeled these photos. I thought this was probably the ex-military dude who is training Bradley Cooper. But no, this is actually Bradley. Bradley was spotted yesterday in Beverly Hills, carrying an ominous bag and hiding his angular face under a thick beard and glasses. Totally transformed.

So why the transformation? Bradley is playing Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in the film American Sniper. Kyle had more than 150 confirmed kills during his career as a sniper. Bradley’s friend and costar in the film, Eric Close, told E! News that Bradley “put on like 40 pounds…He’s really been working hard. He looks great. He’s really taken on this character…He really takes this story personally and wants to do an honorable job for Chris’ memory and for his family.”

So… would you hit it? Personally, I’ve never been into Bradley as an actor or as a “hot guy.” I think he plays versions of the same a—hole in most of his films and looks-wise, he’s just not my type. But I might be able to get on board with Beefy, Bearded Bradley. Maybe.



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  1. HadleyB says:

    His face is huge like Brad Pitt’s was in Troy. I can smell the HGH from here.

  2. Darkladi says:

    I’m with you, Kaiser. I’m usually all “whatever” about him, but…

  3. Juanita says:

    Hello….! This is how a man should be! Strong and hunky. Why are so many men in Hollywood so scrawny?

    • Ell says:

      I agree! He looks amazing and sexy!

    • Erinn says:

      Meh. I can’t agree with that sentiment because it’s pushing a certain, unfair body type. It’s the same as saying women should look like the models who work out for six hours a day and subside on next to nothing calorie wise. The dude’s likely had some help as far as steroids or whatever go. I’d rather see a thinner guy who has that shape naturally than a guy who needs to cheat to get there.

      • carol says:

        naw…..looking exactly like a male fitness model with amazing muscles and 8 percent body fat is an unreasonable standard because it is difficult and time consuming to achieve. But looking muscular and fit IS attainable. My bf does it and it isn’t as hard as people think – he eats a low carb diet and works out for 45 mins every other day. Working out for 2 hours per day would make his body look better but not better enough to be worth the effort – he looks ‘close enough’. Same with me – I will never look as fabulous as jessica biel in a bikini. I cannot look like a model. But I can still look thin/healthy/athletic – not identical but close enough. I eat a low carb diet and workout for 30-45 mins, 6 days per week.

    • Jen says:

      Men should look anyway they want to. I don’t find super bulky and muscly men attractive at all, but some other people do .

    • zbornak syndrome says:

      I see no muscle tone in the arms. Just looks bulky to me. No definition.

  4. K.B. says:

    Toss up – he’s hot in the Hangover movies, and he (allegedly) cooks, but his personality seems a little too “on.” Also, doesn’t his mother still live with him?

    • Krista says:

      Yeah, but its because his dad passed away I think.
      I’m into this look. He looks just like Kyle (RIP). But I’ve liked him since Alias, so I give him a pass on his media personality and questionable dating history.

      • Yes, his father died of cancer right before he started promoting Silver Linings Playbook (either before or right after), and he talked about having his mom move in with him. Which, I don’t like it when people bash him for that–calling him a ‘mama’s boy’ in a negative connotation. The death of a loved one, especially your partner isn’t something that you just get over, it never goes away. I’d rather her be on his arm everywhere, than him ignoring her and her needs, while out being a celebrity.

      • K.B. says:

        I just don’t feel comfortable doing the walk of shame in front of someone’s mom, is all. lol

      • Nighty says:

        Actually, and though I don’t fancy him.. that attitude of his towards his mother, and her moving in with him is really sweet.. Plus having your parents living with you, or the opposite way around depends much on the situations… I have a friend whose mother lives with him because she’s at an early stage of Alheimer’s… During the day, she stays at a Day Care Centre, but at night, she stays with him… He says that for now, he can manage it without much help and wants to enjoy her last lucide moments before she just vanishes… I never understood that “disattachment” from family some societies have…

      • littlestar says:

        Completely agree, Virgilia. I just don’t understand people who are so “meh” about their family. Cooper has always seemed very pretentious to me, but I think he must be somewhat of a genuinely good person if he moved his mom in with him after the death of his father. I live 800 kilometers away from my parents, I’d love to be able to see them whenever I wanted!

      • @littlestar
        I know! I don’t get it. I hate that my dad’s side of the family lives ten minutes away, but the only time they call us or invite us anywhere is if they want something. If my mom’s side lived that close to us, they’d be over ALL THE TIME. I have an aunt and a second cousin who go and see my grandmother three times a week–and they work double shifts all week.

        I think that Cooper dating Suki is a little creepy (and really, only because of the comments he made about not dating JLaw bc he was old enough to be her dad, and then proceeded to get with someone YOUNGER than her), but overall, I think he’s a nice guy. Who can’t act.

        (had to throw that in–I’m still a little sensitive that he got nominated for a freaking Oscar, when all he does is act the same in ALL of his movies’)

        Btw, have you read anything about Christian Bale’s wife having her kid yet? I couldn’t believe no caught that she was pregnant until like a week after the Oscars. I remember I went on PEOPLE, to look at all the dresses, and I did a quadruple take on her.

      • littlestar says:

        I completely forgot his wife was pregnant!!! There was a brief mention on here about it, and I haven’t heard or read anything since. Good for them for keeping it so low key. One of my biggest celebrity annoyances is when people pimp their pregnancies out to no end >:|.

        I pretty much hate my dad’s side of the family, so I’m good with never seeing them, but I’m extremely close to my mom’s side of the family. My cousins are my best friends! And I dream of being able to move back to my home city one day so I can live close to my parents and siblings…. Hopefully one day it’ll happen :) .

        Have you seen Cooper’s movie “The Words”? I really enjoyed that movie. Finally was able to watch it a while ago. I agree with you that he doesn’t have a huge acting range, but in my opinion, I think he did a much better job in The Words than he did in Silver Linings (never understood the hype that movie got OR how Jennifer Lawrence won an Oscar for it).

    • DaniLakes DDS says:

      Like other commentors have said, him living with his mom actually made me like him MORE. My father passed away last August (just 2 months after my parents 40h anniversary) and I moved back in with my mom – our place is a normal 3 bedroom, but it still seemed too large for her to be in by herself. I am leasing a place with my sisters and in dental school, but t was more important that our mom felt supported. I’m a single student, and I even I feel a little stifled at times, so with him living his flashy celeb lifestyle and still happily living with his mother? I take my hat off to him!

    • Melanie says:

      I think it would be more than a little awkward to have sex with a guy when his mother is in the next room. Even he stated that the living arrangement is “not without complications”, which I took to mean when he is there with a woman. I know what he has said about his mother being Italian and having that kind of upbringing and that’s how they do things, etc., but I really get the impression that this is a temporary arrangement while they both heal. Things might change when he gets married and has kids of his own.

    • lunchcoma says:

      I’m another one who doesn’t think less of him for that. I’m not otherwise a fan of his (not his acting, not his relationship choices, not his interviews), but I give credit to someone for making a choice that’s best for him and his loved ones, knowing that people will give him some flack for it.

  5. paola says:

    no. I wouldn’t.
    He looks like Zach Galifianakis now, but the original is much more fun.

  6. ldub says:

    F*CK YEA. i’d definitely smash the pumpkins with this version.

  7. Esmom says:

    He looks like Liev Schrieber to me now. And I don’t hate the new look, it’s appealingly rough around the edges compared to his typical metrosexual schtick.

  8. Kiddo says:

    Do you mean with a sniper’s riffle? I think it would depend on whether he was moving or stationary. Also, if someone else was firing it; I’m not a marksman or gun person. But I guess I could try.

  9. iskra says:

    In a New York minute. But we would have to find a nanny for his gf first.

    • Eileen says:

      LMAO we have the winner for best post today!

    • don't kill me i'm french says:

      Why? She’s probably partying with Cara Delevingne

      • iskra says:

        Don´t they both need a nanny?

        I will never understand how this couple is working out. I´ve seen Bradley in a lot of interviews, he´s been on Graham Norton four times, I´ve seen both of his interviews with Howard Stern. He seems like genuinely nice guy. A bit too “try hard” but i guess that is Hollywood these days. He comes of as smart, nice and quite grounded. And then I see his armpitlickingteen blonde and i really don´t get it.
        Sometimes I think this guy has no confidence at all. He is a decent actor, he killed it in Silver Linings, but this is just weird.

  10. M.A.F. says:

    He will always be Will Tippin to me so no, no I would not hit it.

    • InVain says:

      OMG – thank you!!!!! I’ve thought this ever since he became one of the most wanted, and “sexiest” actors. JUST NO – I’m not attracted to him, and can only ever picture him as Will, so when women swoon I just roll my eyes.

  11. jlm says:

    I can’t believe this dipsh*t is who was chosen to play Chris Kyle.

  12. Abbott says:

    Looks like Zach Galifinakis on roids.

  13. cro-girl says:

    Whoa. I didnt know he could look like that. I didnt find him attractive before but I do now.

  14. PunkyMomma says:

    Normally I would not hit it, but he does look like he’s packing, um, er, something that might pique my curiosity. Not anywhere near Hammaconda, mind you, but enough to make it worth my while. ;)

  15. Hiddles forever says:

    He looks like… sort of pumped-up-300-style Gerard Butler.. does he get to say ‘this is Sparta’ in the movie?

  16. Greata says:

    Not even if you paid me.

  17. BangersandMash says:


    There’s something about this guy that I don’t like at all!! He’s just generally irritating. Like, the kind of guy you have to try to like because he works with you or is your boyfriend’s best friend… He just seems like 5 minutes into a conversation with him and I’d be rolling my eyes all the way down my back, down my crack and up again!!

  18. mommak918 says:

    Chris Kyle was an American Hero. I hope he does him justice. Personally, I think he needs to work his biceps more. But, yesss this type of man, is yummy to me. Btw, BCoop is fluent in French and that’s pretty hot to me.

    • FLORC says:

      I have a connection through marriage to one of Chris Kyle SEAL team mates. Through terrible and tragic events (in and out of combat) he’s the last surviving member of his whole team that will and can talk about Kyle.
      He spoke with BC and helped train Cooper to get into shape. Cooper liked the guy so much he has a part in the movie now. This man has also opened up to Cooper because he really thinks he can do justice to his friend’s memory.
      I have really high hopes for this and i’m not a BCoop fan or hater.

  19. Gine says:

    Eh, I’m not really feeling it. He just looks kind of chunky to me instead of buff.

  20. Tig says:

    These types of physical transformations always puzzle me in terms of casting- if the part required 6 ft whatever, 200 some odd lbs- find an actor that fits that, rather than bulking up someone whose frame really can’t carry it off. I think BC looks weird here- his face is so much fuller. Oh well, hope this doesn’t impact his health.

  21. Ashling says:

    No. Not the normal version or this hulk version.

  22. Jackson says:

    Wow. I know these are only a couple pics of him, but he looks soooo much better like this. Can’t really see how his face looks with the shades on but I think the beard will hide that grandpa thing he has going on with his mouth/lips. I thought he was unattractive before but the weight and the beard may just make me think he’s a looker.

  23. manta says:

    “Bradley’s friend and costar in the film, Eric Close”

    Well, I’d be definitely more interested in the latter.

  24. Mr. Stinky FishFace says:

    …what wait.

    This is BC?

    Yes please. With mayo.

  25. littlestar says:

    Well… I’m not going to lie… He looks really hot to me!!! And I have NEVER been a Bradley Cooper fan :S. Usually find him too fake and pretentious. But I have a thing for big, burly guys, so…..

  26. Hissyfit says:

    I thought it was Fassbender at first glance!

  27. Ginger says:

    He’s playing Chris Kyle? Really? Oh boy. I’m not at all sure about that. At least he seems to be taking the role seriously. I would have had no clue who that was unless you said it was Bradley Cooper with those muscles and a ginger beard. So, I wonder how much training he will have to get for the shooting? Not that I expect him to be a sniper or anything but hopefully he fakes it well. Have him take off the sunglasses and then I will decide if I’d hit it or not.

  28. Happy21 says:

    Hands down best he’s ever looked – like EVER!

  29. T. Fanty Fan says:

    Actually, he really looks a lot like Chris Kyle in this photo. I have never found B Coop to be anything I even want to consider hitting. Now let’s see if he gets the accent right….

  30. Bee says:

    This is what would happen if Prince William and Prince Harry had a baby.

  31. Nene says:

    He looks a little better.
    I know that this is one of the major and few double standard against men but it’s a fair one imho!
    I mean,we women get this all the darn time in every aspect of our lives while men not so much.
    Besides,what woman doesn’t like some ‘beef’?

    Anyway,I’ve never ever found BC hot- slim,beefier or beard no beard- and for the matter none of the so called Hollywood hunks.
    Cooper looks thick but not the smokin’ hot kind,there has always being something off about him. Can’t really put my finger on it.
    Give me Joe Michangello(sp?) and Chris Hemsworth any day.
    Yeah,there is something about a tall,built and hot guy.

  32. Isabelle says:

    No attraction to Copper at all but the he looks a lot better with the weight. Like him bulky.

  33. The Original Mia says:

    Nope, but then he only did it for me in A-Team. Otherwise…nah.

  34. Jesss says:

    OK, whether I’d hit it or not, he looks WAY better. For one, he was too thin and effete-looking before. For another, the beard effectively hides his ferret-y jaw and too-small/crooked mouth and teeth. For a third, the sunglasses nicely hide his eyes, which usually look slightly glazed over. Ever notice that he only looks hot with sunglasses on and beard/scruff? That’s not a good thing. Here, he looks nice and beefy. I MIGHT hit it – if he begs. :)

  35. Kimbob says:

    Kaiser, I’m glad you noted about Bradley’s roles in movies…and you’re right. His roles in his different movies are just variations of a-holes. I think it’s a conscious choice on his part because he executes them quite well.

    As far as his “hitability” factor…nah…not for me, @ least. Bradley just has this “ickiness” about him that, no matter if he beefs up and becomes more manly, or whatever…I just couldn’t go there. I do like his acting, though. I think he does a good job, as long as he chooses his roles well, which he’s obviously done.

  36. lunchcoma says:

    Nah. He’s not my thing normally, and this makes him less so. But enjoy, all you ladies who are into muscles!

  37. moon says:

    Biopic, weight gain physical transformation, war topic…he really wants that oscar, huh?

  38. Camille (The Original) says:

    Oscar bait huh. I guess he’s had a taste of being a nominee and now wants the real thing. *shudder*

  39. LilyT says:

    Totally! It’s a bonus because then I won’t feel self conscious if I have a little tummy/thigh/booty jiggle action while gettin it on ;)

  40. Lucy2 says:

    Wow he looks so different. I kind of like it, but it’s weird knowing that it’s probably temporary and he’ll go back to looking like he usually does when the movie is done.

  41. Fatty Magoo says:

    Sweet baby Jesus yes!

  42. Allie says:

    Yes, I would sooo hit that. Good lord. Best he’s ever looked!

  43. kitty-bye says:

    No WAY I can’t believe it is him, I need proof hehe!

  44. mia says:

    He’s not my type, but he seems like a sweet guy.