Bradley Cooper earns rave reviews for ‘Elephant Man’: will he win a Tony?

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These are photos of Bradley Cooper with Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola ahead of last night’s Broadway premiere of The Elephant Man. This is what BCoop is doing in lieu of a full-on Oscar campaign for American Sniper. He made us laugh by channelling Sean Connery for Vanity Fair, but he’s not shaking hands ahead of his movie’s release. He’s done that twice already. BCoop’s been Harvey Weinstein’s main man, and he knows the pressure. So he decided to stress himself out less this year by ducking into Broadway. It’s kind of genius, you know? I don’t know if Bradley will ever win an Oscar. I haven’t seen him pull off too many octaves in his films, but onstage, he’s reportedly magnetic.

I had my doubts about Bradley taking on the John Merrick role because, traditionally, it’s a role that pretty actors take to prove themselves. Bradley does not wear prosthetics for the role. He also giggled for 10 minutes with Jimmy Fallon over this play. But the critics loved him last night. Deadline says, “Cooper is the best Merrick yet.” The New York Post remarks that Coop “wisely underplays as much as possible. The Guardian says Coop “makes himself almost unrecognisable” both physically and aurally.

We may soon be living in a world where we hear BCoop described as “Oscar-nominated and Tony-award winning actor Bradley Cooper.” It’s a bit unexpected from the dude who starred in The Hangover, but Bradley always wanted to get back to his serious acting roots. Good for him. Oh, and Suki Waterhouse showed up to support her man. Win win.

Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper

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  1. Abbott says:


  2. Beth says:

    He kind of looks like Bronson Pinchot in that last pic (Balki from “Perfect Strangers” for the kiddies who don’t know who I am referring to).

  3. Gina says:

    When Bad Plastic Surgery Happens to Serial Killer Emus

    • sarah says:

      Seriously i just made a comment below about this Big Bird. I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder but he seems like a slimy serial killer bird. Not to mention this guy is dating a girl old enough to be his daughter so major creep!

  4. Hazel says:

    I hope so!

  5. Rachel says:

    I saw this while it was in previews and he truly was magnificent.

  6. GingerCrunch says:

    He’s talked about the role a bit on Howard Stern and always seemed so respectful of it. Howard always like to do his impression, which is hilarious, but BCoop would never play along. Glad to hear he’s killing it!

  7. sills says:

    More power to him. We’ve seen many Hollywood actors take on a play as a vanity project and fall flat on their faces, good for him for putting in the time and care to get it right.

  8. Lama Bean says:

    I used to find him so hot….but now…..

  9. Loopy says:

    Patricia Clarkson is a sexy mama,still oozing so much sex appeal.

  10. Molly says:

    People still won’t take him seriously because of the Hangover movies? That’s a little silly. What about “serious” actors who do comic book movies? They all fall under the category of Pure Entertainment, Phoning It In, Getting Paid Lots of $$$. Has he ever really had a terrible performance in anything? I think he’s a good actor, happy that he’s going to finally get his due with this play.

    It does concern me though, that he doesn’t wear antiperspirant and is on stage under hot lights for so long. He must really reek by the time it’s over. Blech.

    • Josefa says:

      I agree, I’ve never seen Bradley destroy a movie, which is quite a feat if you consider he’s been in a pretty wide range of film genres. I think he’s a very versatile actor and I like him a lot.

      I agree there’s a weird vibe around him but he’s no Woody Allen. He just looks a little kooky.

  11. Jayna says:

    Good for him. I love to read something when it’s about a great performance.

  12. sarah says:

    ewww I just can’t with all the fawning over this bird.

  13. LMB says:

    Did he do something to his face?