Cooper with this Elephant Man co-stars Alessandro Nivola and Patricia Clarkson | Photo from the December issue of Vogue
Bradley Cooper gets a nice writeup in the December issue of Vogue, in which he talks about playing the severely deformed John Merrick in the Broadway production of The Elephant Man.
In it he gabs about playing real-life heroes, like Merrick and Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in the upcoming American Sniper, saying, “It’s the most fulfilling feeling as an actor … You’re taking responsibility toward this other guy’s life. It frees up so much energy to pursue it, because it’s not about you.”
He also talks about his connection to Merrick, which he says began when he was a young man living in Philadelphia:
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Bradley Cooper in The Elephant Man.
I’ve already reported that ticket sales are through the roof for Bradley Cooper’s turn as John Merrick in the Broadway production of The Elephant Man, but new stats show that they’ve soared right up to record-breaking status—and the show’s still in previews. More from Playbill:
The Broadway revival of The Elephant Man, starring two-time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola, has broken the Booth Theatre box-office record.
The production, which began previews Nov. 7 and will officially open Dec. 7, grossed a record-breaking $966,896 for the week ending Nov. 16.
Here’s how the show is billed:
The Elephant Man tells the story of a 19th-century British man (Cooper) whose severe disfigurement made him a star of the traveling freak show circuit. When the renowned Dr. Treves (Nivola) takes Merrick under his care at the London Hospital, he discovers that beneath this shocking exterior lies a brilliant mind and an unshakable faith. Soon all of Victorian high society becomes fascinated by Merrick, especially the beautiful actress Mrs. Kendal (Clarkson). But with his new life comes new complexity… and as Merrick’s condition grows more severe, a ‘normal’ life begins to seem all but impossible.
The show’s only open for 14 weeks. You can snag tickets here.
Get ready to gasp, you guys: To bulk up for his role as a Navy SEAL in the upcoming film American Sniper, Philly’s own Bradley Cooper consumed a whopping 8,000 calories a day. 8,000 calories, you guys. And because he was eating 8,000 calories a day, he also worked out a lot. As PEOPLE reports, Cooper worked out with his trainer four hours daily for several months. In the end, he put on upwards of 40 pounds for the role.
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Bradley Cooper’s turn as the severely deformed John Merrick in the current Broadway production of The Elephant Man is only in previews, but sources are reporting that he’s already pulling in some big-time mula for “The Great White Way.” More from AP:
Broadway’s overall box offices are doing swell business these days, and it’s mainly thanks to two leading men—Hugh Jackman and Bradley Cooper.
Jackman is starring in “The River.” Cooper is in “The Elephant Man.” They’re still in previews but have become some of the hottest tickets in town.
Jackman pulled in $917,000 at the Circle in the Square over eight shows last week, a sellout performance with the average ticket going for $160. Cooper attracted $520,000 for just four sold-out shows. His show’s average ticket came in a hair more at $163.
The Broadway League’s numbers show last week’s total Broadway haul from its 35 shows was $27.6 million, or $2 million more than the same week last season and about $4 million than last week.
The Elephant Man officially opens on December 7th at New York’s Booth Theatre for a 14-week run. Get tickets here.
Bradley Cooper stopped by The Tonight Show last night, where he chatted with host Jimmy Fallon about his upcoming Broadway show, The Elephant Man, and working with Jennifer Lawrence again on a film called Serena. In the second part of the interview, Fallon handed Cooper a visor with a wild-haired wig attached to it making fun of a much-laughed-about appearance Cooper made this week at the Heathrow airport in London. Then they just laughed a lot.
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Get your DVRs ready: A-list actor and local favorite Bradley Cooper will appear on tonight’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon alongside Neil Diamond. If his last appearance on The Tonight Show is any indication, he may get into some shenanigans with fellow famous people. Or maybe he’ll teach Jimmy how to shut up a Giants fan. But really, he’ll probably chat about his upcoming film, Serena, co-starring Jennifer Lawrence, and Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, or his upcoming Broadway role in The Elephant Man.
Tune in to NBC at 11:35 p.m. to see what happens.
The Philadelphia Eagles released their latest #FlyEaglesFly video and this may be the best one yet. Just in time for this weekend’s face-off between longtime rivals the New York Giants, the ad features a voiceover by a pumped-up Bradley Cooper. “This is more than a mid-season matchup,” he says. “This is a street fight—Wall Street against Broad Street.”
He goes on to have a little fun with the piece, imitating a New York accent and offering advice on how to shut up a smack-talking Giants fan. Penn alum John Legend and Philly’s The Roots provide the background sounds. Give it a watch above.
Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field, the 4-1 Eagles play the suddenly hot 3-2 Giants in what will likely be a nerve-wracking game. But — before a stressful football game leaves Eagles fans a complete drunken mess, win or lose — please enjoy this Eagles promo video narrated by Bradley Cooper.
You’ll note this clip does not contain perhaps the greatest play in Eagles-Giants history, the DeSean Jackson walkoff punt return in 2011. Still, it’s pretty entertaining! Anything making fun of Giants fans is going to play well to a Philadelphia audience.
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The trailer for Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper was released. The film, based on a memoir of the same name by Chris Kyle, stars Philly’s Bradley Cooper as Kyle. It follows him from his days as a rodeo cowboy to a SEAL chief who racks up the highest number of sniper kills in U.S. American History. This is the film in which Cooper packed on 40 pounds to play the role.
The film is due out December 25th.
Bradley Cooper is a busy man these days. Between filming Adam Jones in London and recording a recent string of Philadelphia Eagles commercials the Abington Township-bred actor has found time to prepare for the lead role in the upcoming Broadway production of The Elephant Man. This is the second time he’s played the role of protagonist John Merrick. The first time was in 2012 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
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