Bradley Cooper has opened up about his clash with a famous “a**hole” director, claiming he will “never f***ing forget” what he said to him.
Bradley Cooper won’t ever forget the words of a famous “a**hole” director who dismissed his Oscar nominations at an industry event back in 2018.
And the Silver Linings Playbook actor, 47, recently explained on the SmartLess podcast that he still doesn’t feel like he’s respected in Hollywood, reports the New York Post.
He told hosts Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Sean Hayes that a certain director ridiculed him for having several Academy Award nominations around the time he was doing press for his directorial debut, A Star Is Born.
Four years ago, at a Hollywood party, Cooper was mingling with an actress and a filmmaker when the latter said: “What world are we living in where you have seven nominations [for A Star Is Born] and she’s only got three?”
He told the podcast that he thought to himself at the time: “I’m like, ‘Bro, why are you such an a**hole?’ I would never f***ing forget that. Go f**k yourself.”
The father-of-one also looked back at another incident dating back to when he earned his first Oscar nomination in 2013 for Best Actor for Silver Linings Playbook.
He was up against Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix and Denzel Washington, and told the podcast an actress who he didn’t recognize came up to him to ‘congratulate’ him, though the well-wishes were dripping in sarcasm.
“She’s like, ‘I saw your movie. You deserve the name,’” he exaggerated to the podcast. “I was like, ‘What? I’m sorry, what?’ ‘Tea name.’ Then, like 10 or 20 minutes later – I’m not kidding – I passed her going to the bathroom and she mouths it, ‘The name.‘I remember [thinking], ‘What the f**k is this town?’ Can you imagine saying that to somebody? You’ve got to be f***ed up to do that.”
Cooper then admitted that he felt “worthless” and “insecure” as an actor early on in his film career.
Next for Cooper is another directorial project, Maestro which chronicles the life of legendary West Side Story conductor Leonard Bernstein.
“There’s the movie; a movie about marriage, a movie about family. That’s it,” he added about his new drama. “Why is it nuclear? Because it’s this f***ing music. Music is nuclear. I had a secret weapon in A Star Is Born. It was Lady Gaga. The secret weapon I have in this movie is f***ing Leonard Bernstein and Gustav Mahler. The music!”
This article originally appeared in the New York Post and was reproduced with permission