Bradley Cooper doesn’t care about awards
OHMYGOSSIP — Bradley Cooper isn’t bothered about awards. The actor — who recently lost the Academy Award for Best Actor to Lincoln star Daniel Day-Lewis — insists accolades have never been a driving force in his career choices.
“I don’t want to win an Oscar,” he told the April issue of British GQ. “It would change nothing. Nothing. The things in my life that aren’t fulfilled would not be fulfilled.”
In the interview, the first-time nominee explains that the loss of his stockbroker father, Charles Cooper, forced him to reevaluate what matters most in life.
“Death became very real. And very tangible. Because my father — someone who had been in my life for 36 years is just f-cking gone,” he said.
“I watched him dying and I was there by his bed watching him, breathing with him, and then I saw his last breath and he was gone. I experienced the whole thing. And that was a watershed moment that I was privileged to experience. And it changed everything. Nothing has ever been the same since.
“You know William Blake‘s Songs of Innocence? Well, right there, in that moment, the innocence was gone. Done. Never to return. The beauty is that I just don’t sweat sh-t anymore.
“My father gave me two gifts: having me and dying with me. I used to be the kid that got the shakes if I had to talk in public; now, I just don’t get nervous about stuff. I can’t control everything. I watched my father die and I realized that is the way we are all going to die.
“For me, it was a switch from knowing something intellectually to knowing it by tangibly experiencing it. It rewired my neurological system. It almost did the opposite of motivating me. It was about keeping the main thing the main thing.”
March 05, 2013 - 00:52