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In the News: Bradley Cooper Opens Up About Addiction

In a recent interview with GQ magazine, Bradley Cooper (known from Limitless, The Hangover, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle) has opened up about his battles with addiction. Bradley Cooper seems to have had his share of ups and downs in life, with a failed marriage, playing jerks and alcohol and drug problems.

Bradley Cooper got his start in acting on a show called Alias with Jennifer Garner, playing a small role. Now, many years later he has starred in a film that got him an Oscar nomination, Silver Linings Playbook, and now starring in a new remarkable film called American Hustle. In American Hustle, built on the real-life FBI job of the late ’70s, in which the bureau hired two con artists to help bring down a number of dirty congressmen and other various government officials, Cooper plays Richie DiMaso, an FBI agent burning lively with ambition and self-delusion.

Cooper has had a variety of different roles from the jerk in Wedding Crashers to the goofball bad boy (still sort of a jerk) in The Hangover. He is also a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where the movie he played in, Silver Linings Playbook, took place. I, personally, am a big fan of Bradley Coopers and never knew until now that he had struggled with addiction issues. He really opened up about it in his interview with GQ.

He told GQ about how he got married to the actress Jennifer Esposito in 2006 and then divorced four months later. A year or two prior to that, he’d gotten sober after a terrible run with alcohol and drugs, the variations of which he declines to stipulate. He was 29 years old and confronted the fact that if he continued on using, it was going to damage his whole life. He said that it affected his work, even though he still showed up to work. Cooper says that after getting sober, he took on the roles he could get and felt grateful to have them. He did six episodes on Nip/Tuck, a rapidly canceled sitcom based on Anthony Bourdain’s book Kitchen Confidential and he got his first suitable lead in a horror flick called The Midnight Meat Train.

He said that the work wasn’t perfect or great but it was constant and he had arrived at a place of self-acceptance. He was doing movies like 2009’s All about Steve and meeting people like Sandra Bullock. He came to the realization that he was sober and he could work with these people and be himself and people still wanted to work with him. He felt that he had rediscovered himself in the workplace. The reporter asked if in his life before sobriety if there was anything he did that he regretted and he said no. Like myself, and a lot of addicts I know, there were no regrets when I got sober either. I might have regretted certain parts of my using and active addiction at first, but not to a point where I would go back and change anything. I’m glad to be where I am with my life today; and just like Bradley Cooper I am also glad that I don’t have to go back and live it all over again. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.


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