To most of the world, Bradey Cooper: Serious Actor is a rather new concept. But to Cooper himself, I am assuming that has been his intention all along. And by now, we’ve all seen images from a less-polished but adorable young student Coop asking Robert De Niro a very acterly queston on Inside the Actors Studio:
Bradley: How you doing Mr De Niro, my name is Bradley Cooper and my question is regarding Awakenings. You talked about your research and how you, you interviewed a lot of patients and people who had the different diseases. There was one mannerism you had during the interview process when they were asking you when you wanted to go outside the building and go for a walk and you went like this with your finger and you sort of made up for it by rubbing your eyebrow and I was wondering, is that something that you saw people do, trying to make up for their ticks or was that something that happened in the moment? Robert De Niro: That’s a good question.
I had seen that clip in my past obsessive James Lipton phase, so after seeing Silver Linings Playbook for the first time, my immediate reaction was immensive pride for Bradley Cooper—which is a weird feeling to be consumed by. Anyway, as the Oscars are this Sunday, it’s interesting to see Hollywood come full circle as Cooper and De Niro are nominated alongside one another for Silver Linings like the good father-son duo they are. It was De Niro afterall who championed Cooper for the role.
But that wasn’t his only time on the show. In another episode—new to me—we see a long-haired and tie-clad inquisitive Cooper propose a question to Sean Penn and then watch him very intently as he answers. All y’all acting students out there…take notes?
“Bad Boy For Life”–turned–thespian for hire, Sean “Diddy” Combs, will appear tonight on James Lipton’s Inside the Actors Studio. Puff will be there to support Nick Stoller’s new Oedipal tragedy, Get Him to the Greek, which co-stars Russell Brand and Jonah Hill. Back in August, of the film, Combs told me, “I was starting from scratch, really having to prove myself… You know the term ‘to steal a scene’? I heard through the grapevine that there is one scene that I stole, but what people don’t know is that Jonah was behind the camera telling me what to say. That’s how nice he is, and that right there is really rare.” Although early buzz suggests that Combs holds his own among the cast’s comic heavyweights, he isn’t the most obvious of guests. But it wouldn’t be the first time Lipton probed the depths of a rather unlikely subject: over the years, his soothing monotone has hypnotized the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Martin Lawrence, Jennifer Lopez and Tim Allen. Near the end of each episode, he asks his interview subjects the same 10 questions, and given my experience with Combs, I’ve tried to predict his answers—seriously. (Not like a joke-y thing.)
1. What is your favorite word? “Go!” 2. What is your least favorite word? “No.” 3. What turns you on? Intimacy.(*Alternate: The chase.) 4. What turns you off? Cynicism. (*Alternate: Jealousy, although I love a little healthy competition.) 5. What sound or noise do you love? The sound of silence. 6. What sound or noise do you hate? Gunfire. 7. What is your favorite curse word? “Motherfucker.” 8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Other than an actor, producer, musician, fashion designer and mogul? Race car driver. 9. What profession would you not like to do? Bartender. I drink Ciroq—I don’t serve it. 10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? “Life After Death.”