June 2nd, 2010
09:35 AM ET
If Bradley Cooper's roles in movies like “The Hangover,” “Wedding Crashers” and “He’s Just Not That Into You" rubbed you the wrong way, don't hold it against him. As Cooper explained in the June/July issue of Details, he’s not a jerk – he’s just good at playing one.
Cooper, who grew up in Philadelphia, told the men’s magazine that he wasn’t handed his Hollywood career.
“I’ve never lived the life of ‘Oh, you’re so good looking.’ People thought I was a girl when I was little, because I looked like a girl— maybe because my mother would keep my hair really long in a bowl cut,” the 35-year-old actor recalled. “I was in a coffee shop once and the waitress was like, ‘What do you want, Miss?’ I was 10 or 11— the worst age to have that happen. I had a jean jacket on and a Metallica pin. I thought I was really cool.”
But despite his awkward and difficult adolescence, Cooper has grown not only into playing not only the pretty boy, but also the action hero – he’ll star in “The A-Team” this summer.
In the movie, Cooper will unleash the big guns; he called the experience of training to use an M4 machine gun “powerful.”
“There’s so much in it that’s symbolic, for a boy, for a man,” he told Details. “I never felt more safe and calm than when I had 300 rounds of ammo and a M4 around my neck.”
Much like Jake Gyllenhaal did for “The Prince of Persia,” Cooper had to step up his athleticism in order to play the role of action hero. He cut out sugar, salt and flour and sweated through two-hour training sessions a day.
“I literally had to transform my body,” Cooper said. “As the movie progressed, I got in increasingly better shape….I was like, ‘This cannot be me— that’s the way I look?’ It was so surreal, ‘cause as a kid I only fantasized about looking that way. Remember Soloflex commercials? That was huge when I was a kid. It was like, ‘I wanna be the Soloflex guy.’”
“The A-Team” lands in theaters June 11. To read the full interview, head over to Details.com.
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