Bradley Cooper kind of gets 'Sexiest Man' backlash
December 6th, 2011
12:35 PM ET

Bradley Cooper kind of gets 'Sexiest Man' backlash

Those who thought Ryan Gosling was robbed of People magazine's 2011 "Sexiest Man" title will be happy to know that the actual recipient of the honor, Bradley Cooper, sort of gets it.

While visiting the U.K.'s "Graham Norton Show" last week, Cooper said he wasn't wholly comfortable with the title himself.

"I'm finally at an age - I'm 36 years old - where I really don't care about anything like that anymore, which is a wonderful thing. And then this happened, and I started to realize just how not sexy I am," he joked.

"I have a lot of moments where I'll be walking out, and I'll open up the door and I'll go, 'I could do that a lot sexier.'"

But then, there was the outcry.

"This is so awful that I'm admitting this,  but to hell with it," Cooper said. "There was such a backlash when they announced it. And Ryan Gosling - who I love, I just did a movie with him, he's the greatest -  we were both in Paris this last week, and a friend of mine showed me photographs from the paparazzi. And when I say 'friend,' I mean me alone looking at a computer."

Gosling, "he literally looks like he's in a photo shoot, like he just came off the runway," Cooper said, "and I literally look like the neighbor who never comes out of his house, and when he does you're like, maybe you should just stay in." So this whole "Sexiest Man" thing? "It's interesting," the "Hangover" star concludes.

Cooper did get around to talking about a "Hangover III," saying "I personally want to do it. I hope we're going to start shooting in September and I know Todd Phillips is working on a script. We adhered to the formula in the second one, and the third one, I think, which would close the whole trilogy, I think it'll take place in Los Angeles and maybe not adhere to the structure, maybe be different."

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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Sam

    Hangover III somewhere in Europe would be great. Perhaps Amsterdam?

    December 22, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Arkansas

    Hello! Have any of the people who voted for this honor ever laid eyes on ROBERT PATTINSON?

    December 13, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lynne

    This is honestly the most ridiculous thing I have heard of in a while. And by this, I mean the WHOLE THING, not just this article. With GOP people LITERALLY (had to throw that in there :)) just throwing candidates at the proverbial wall and seeing what sticks, a collapsing economy in Europe (and hell, a collapsing economy here), and and ever more tenuous situation in the middle east, we worry about who is People Magazine's SMA.
    DON'T GET ME WRONG. I'm clearly a part of the problem – after all, I'm following it – but DAMN. Guess it must be like watching a car wreck or an episode of Cops... we just can't look away....

    December 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BamaBelle

    He's gorgeous!

    December 7, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cyntana

    I do think they are both extremely good looking, but they are two different types! How can someone say Bradley Cooper isn't gorgeous?! The real test is to see how both age

    December 7, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. erich2112xe

    Just ride that pony all the way to the end of the trail, Brad. By the time the public turns on you and the work runs dry, you'll be richer than God, and you can spend the rest of your days spending all that wonderful money.

    December 7, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. jfr


    December 7, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. Steve-O

    Ryan Gosling should be SMA. I'm not gay, btw.

    December 7, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. Carm

    Who gives a crap?

    December 7, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  10. clownballs

    i thought lady gaga was gonna win it...

    December 6, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Demara

    This whole thing is stupid. Ryan Gostling is incredibly generic-looking; at least Bradley has a cool personality. It's as if people are so besotted with a silly "contest" that they become overly angry about it.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Reemo

    What's a Ryan Gosling?

    December 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. GirlwithItude

    I would not kick him outta bed!!

    December 6, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jayson

    hmmm i heard they might trade Rondo

    December 6, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BethTX

    Jon Bernthal from The Walking Dead kicks this guy's azz looks-wise.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Mike

    I'd still bang him.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  17. nutbender

    his nose looks ironically identical to my sausage

    December 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Melissa21

    Bradley is Hotter and gets hotter by the second

    December 6, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  19. T3chsupport

    I'd let him buy me a drink.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Mrs. Ash

    Way to go Bradley Cooper!!! For making me laugh by lightening up a silly debate. I can't imagine what it would be like to live my life under so much scrutiny. I appreciate your sense of humor and hope it helps you in what most of us hope is a long future in front of the camera!!

    December 6, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  21. tyler

    Sorry, but I hardly doubt any of you would kick Bradley out of bed... I mean if given the chance.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Stefano

    The most misused phrase is "I literally died!" Of course, by ladies.. I literally hate that!

    December 6, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Mrs. Claus

    I'd literally take Ryan over Bradley any day! Ryan's eyes are so dreamy looking... Ooooh!

    December 6, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rudolph

      And all this time I thought you were a chubby chaser. Who knew?

      December 6, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Santa

      So I take it immortality and the white beard just aren't enough for you? I want a divorce!

      December 6, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frosty

      Yeah, Mrs. Claus, that's what you said about Clark Gable, Rock Hudson, and Tom Selleck too.

      December 6, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  24. JJ

    Haven't liked Bradley Cooper since he was abusive to Rachel McAdams in "Wedding Crashers"!!! ; )

    December 6, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Allyson

    I've been waiting for Bradley's recognition since his days on 'Alias'. Not too many men can upstage Michael Vartan in the looks department, but Bradley certainly did. I don't understand the whole Ryan Gosling thing..........more like an ugly duckling as far as I'm concerned. It's a shame Mr. Cooper has had to experience this public backlash -come on ladies, could you imagine if you had been chosen as an icon and then have droves of people come along and complain about your looks? It seems he's taking it all in stride; good for him! Too bad his recent cinema popularity has come from such vulgar and crass material.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Fookin' Prawn

    +1 to Cooper for being classier than all of Goslings dumba$$ 'fans'.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Jodey

    Bradley Cooper can be added to the list of people who overuse the word "literally" - and not even correctly.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • BD

      Yeah, I literally hate that.

      December 6, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • FactChecker

      Literally – actually or without exaggeration. Sorry, but he uses it correctly on both instances. Thanks for playing, though.

      December 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Stuie

    Like it or not're HOT!!!

    December 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  29. neat

    not me.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |

    the hang over 3? really how many times can people watch the same movie

    December 6, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      Just ask the fans of Will Ferrel and/or Adam Sandler...

      December 6, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • solidd59

      Does Halloween, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Saw, Aliens and Predator movies, to name a few, come to mind. They will keep making them as long as people mindlessly spend money to watch them. Movies are not lousy because that's all they can make, they are lousy because we, the audience, don't complain about it. It's a lot cheaper to make a lousy movie full of holes, lousy plot and lousy actors that you don't have to pay much than it is to spend money on a good product. Especially when you know people will spend money on the garbage anyway.

      December 6, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • comeon

      The biggest movies of all time are all sequels – Harry Potter (all of them), Twilight, Spiderman 2 & 3, LotR:RotK, Transformers: dark of the moon, PotC:OST, Toy Story3, the Dark Knight... and most of them don't vary from the original script all that much.

      December 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Not that serious

    It isn't that serious folks....

    December 6, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Observer

    Reynolds would have gotten this if he was more conservative. Until he gets his head right on abortion and taxes, Cooper will always have him beat.

    December 6, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Conner

    Yuck! Who votes on this?

    December 6, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Smelly Stinkenstien


    December 6, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  35. @Evel

    What? You're not gonna say that you'd bang him?!?

    December 6, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Margareth

      Bradley Cooper, honey, you are the most beautiful man alive in Hollywood. I would love to see you and Jennifer the Lopez, gorgeous lady herself in Hollywood, to make babies together. You both make the most beautiful couple .

      December 6, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeepers

      J. Lo. Yuck. She'd probably just name their babies after cartoon characters like she did her twins. I want to hear weird celebrity baby names, like Lamp Post or Gladiator. So disappointing, J. Lo.

      December 6, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evel Knievel

      No, I'm too busy banging your mom.

      December 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tiffany

      oh, Yes, Jennifer Lopez and Bradley Cooper make the best couple , ever. They are both beautiful. Can u imagine a georgeous Latina with a handsome man they can make beautiful music together.

      December 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |

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