Bradley Cooper: “I Don’t Want To Win An Oscar”
Bradley Cooper isn’t disappointed he didn’t win an Academy Award for Silver Linings Playbook. In fact, the actor says the honor means very little to him, especially since his father passed away in 2011. Cooper reveals in the April issue of British GQ, “I don’t want to win an Oscar. It would change nothing. Nothing. The things in my life that aren’t fulfilled would not be fulfilled. Career-wise, right now, it’s better that I don’t win one. I don’t want to win. I don’t.”
The Limitless star says that it was losing his dad that made him not “sweat” such “sh*t” as winning an Oscar anymore. Cooper says, “I watched him dying and I was there by his bed watching him, breathing with him, and then I saw his last breath and he was gone.” “I experienced the whole thing. And that was a watershed moment that I was privileged to experience. And it changed everything. Nothing has ever been the same since,” explains the star.
Cooper tells the mag, “You know William Blake’s ‘Songs Of Innocence’? Well, right there, in that moment, the innocence was gone. Done. Never to return. The beauty is that I just don’t sweat sh*t any more.” He continues, “My father gave me two gifts – having me and dying with me. I used to be the kid that got the shakes if I had to talk in public; now, I just don’t get nervous about stuff. I can’t control everything.”
“I watched my father die and I realized that is the way we are all going to die. For me, it was a switch from knowing something intellectually to knowing it by tangibly experiencing it. It rewired my neurological system. It almost did the opposite of motivating me. It was about keeping the main thing the main thing,” offers Cooper.
The magazine hits newsstands on March 7.