Bradley Cooper for Esquire Magazine
Bradley Cooper is featured in the June/July issue of Esquire magazine photographed by Nigel Parry in an extremely odd editorial. But first, sound bites:
[In his twenties, Cooper] worked the graveyard shift at the Morgans Hotel in New York… One evening, he ferried Leonardo DiCaprio up to his room and Bradley Cooper thought to himself, We are worlds apart. He says he did not mean that in terms of DiCaprio, you are famous, and I, Cooper, am wearing a doorman uniform. He says he was referring to art. DiCaprio, then in 1998, was riding the Titanic swells, and Cooper, enrolled at the Actors Studio, was still pinking in the audience when De Niro came in to guest lecture.
“Since Limitless opened, my agent calls me every morning and asks, ‘Do you feel any different?’ And I’m like, ‘Nope. Do you feel any different?’”
“Thirty-six is a great age for a man, perhaps the perfect age,” I say. He responds, “What about my forties?”
“His father passed away this year. He moved in with his parents in his hometown, Philadelphia, for his final five months. He took his father to an Eagles playoff game on a Sunday and he died the following Saturday. On Cooper’s right hand he wears his father’s wedding ring. He has brought his mother to live with him in his new home in Los Angeles.
“I love having her,” he says. “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
While we do find the above to be practically dripping with publicist intervention, we’re not gonna rag on a guy who lost a parent. Dammit.
So let’s rag on the pictures instead! Behold the weirdness:
We’re not magazine editors or stylists or photographers, but we’re pretty sure the goal of a celebrity magazine editorial is not to make the aforementioned celebrity look awful in every single picture. Seriously, except for maybe the cover shot, these are some of the worst pictures of him we’ve ever seen. He’s not on our list, but he’s clearly a good-looking guy and has managed to take some very flattering pictures, but these are awful. He’s giving really bad face in almost every shot.
And what’s with the concept here? We don’t mind a cougar-themed editorial, but there’s something more than a little weird about the implied threeway with two women who look old enough to be his mother. He looks painfully uncomfortable in every shot with them. There’s an implied gigolo angle, what with the wad of cash in his hand, but we can’t for the life of us imagine why anyone thought that was a good idea. Could you imagine a hot young actress posing in a hotel room with two men old enough to be her father hanging all over her while she clutches a wad of twenties? Who on earth came up with the idea that one of the hottest actors around should pose for an editorial that makes him look a bit creepy and a bit pathetic?
[Photo Credit: Nigel Parry, esquire.com]