Bradley Cooper for GQ Magazine

Posted on December 18, 2013

GQ wisely turned the entire cover blue, just to match those killer eyes.


Bradley Cooper covers the January 2014 issue of GQ magazine photographed by Peggy Sirota.


You’d swear he was looking right at you, enjoying the hell out of your company and just dying to tell you all about himself. The ability to fake that connection with the audience; that’s what makes a movie star.

Inside, he comes off like a very earnest guy who probably overthinks things a little:

On his drug and alcohol struggle: “If I continued it, I was really going to sabotage my whole life. I mean it has to have [affected my work]. And to this day, of course, because it’s a life experience. And all I do is bring life experience. That’s all anybody does. It’s inescapable. […] the one thing that I’ve learned in life is the best thing I can do is embrace who I am and then do that to the fullest extent, and then whatever happens, happens. The more steps I do to not do that, the farther I am away from fulfilling any potential I would have. Yes, of course it hindered the work.”

On his career after getting sober: “I was doing these movies, and I got to meet Sandra Bullock and meet these people and work with them. And I’m sober, and I’m like, ‘Oh, I’m actually myself. And I don’t have to put on this air to be somebody else, and this person still wants to work with me? Oh, what the fuck is that about?’ I was rediscovering myself in this workplace, and it was wonderful. Now, in the back of my head, or in a place of my heart of, like, creativity, did I feel utterly fulfilled? Absolutely not. But I was grateful and happy to be working, and filling that void in smaller moments.”

But the pictures are cute. Granted, these looks are bordering on cliche at this point. The menswear mags are going to have to find another guyditorial aesthetic aside from “mid-Century guy in a beach house.” This one’s played out.





[Photo Credit: Peggy Sirota for GQ Magazine]

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  • AC Simons

    Very George Hamilton in pics #2 & 3. Not sure if this is a good thing.

    • Diego!

      Word. The caucasian son of George Hamilton.

      • sfo2kids

        Or a younger version of the Stanley Tucci character (Caesar Flickerman) in Hunger Games.

        • Diego!

          hahahahaa xD

      • Adelaidey

        Is George Hamilton not caucasian? (Obligatory disclaimer in online race discussion: I’m not being argumentative, I’m genuinely ignorant of his background)

  • Diego!

    I’m sorry I’m not feeling it. The cover seems to be a lost cousin of the real Bradley. The second pic (with white tennis) is a #SocialSuicide attire… for God’s sake, it’s terrible! I only like the third one but I have to say, that haircut is not doing any favors to him.

    • Me Again

      That’s because, even though he is good looking in real life, the cover photo looks liked they photoshopped him within an inch of his life. Among other things, they clearly enlarged his eyes in proportion to his head. It makes him look a little freaky.

      • demidaemon

        I posted a similar thought either above or below. I don’t know anymore where it appears with Disqus.

  • Latin Buddy

    I used to dislike him…unlike Silver Linings Playbook. I don’t know if he just benefited from J Law love-fest but he was so good. The tortured hero.

    • Shug

      Same here. I think it’s also that he started getting nominated for awards and wasn’t just a generic rom-com hottie anymore.

    • fursa_saida

      I flat-out adored him in that. His performance reflected my own experiences with bipolar so well that he will always, always get slack from me.

  • Courtenay P

    did he get new teefs? or have I just not noticed them before?

  • Shug


    I may need to purchase this magazine and arrange some alone time. I agree, the shots/outfits are a bit cliche – very Don Draper during his disappearance in CA with the wealthy nomads – but it is eye candy nonetheless.

    • TrixieConQueso

      Am fantasizing that in the second shot we are both laughing at my witty joke (fill one in here) about his rolled up pants. Then he grabs me and it is Definitely Not “Alone Time.”

      • Shug

        gawd, you must be clever, you rapscallion. I am jealous. :)

  • Emily Dagger

    The white retiree shoes — sans socks, even — may have just killed my crush on him (which dates back to crappy-USA-adaption-of-Touching-Evil days, so … you know. He was about to get tenure).

    • conniemd

      Awwww. Don’t blame him for what he wears in a magazine shoot. I think the celebs have zero say in what they wear.

  • Mona_Visa

    There’s something a bit scary about that cover shot.

    It’s like that moment in the forest when you realize the happy, smiling, friendly creatures are actually all a bit TOO happy and friendly… And why are they smiling… Run to the car, leave the picnic, run run run!!!

    • EdithP

      He does look a bit manic and EAGER.

    • housefulofboys

      Nah, not scary. But your description made me laugh!

    • Spreecord

      He looks like he’s going to try to sell me religion, and not in an “I’ll have you screaming ‘Oh my God!'” way.

      • Mona_Visa

        Yeah… He’s that gorgeous guy you’re chatting up at the party, until he starts finishing his sentences with the phrase “in accordance with the prophecy.” And then you desperately search for the exit.

    • porcupie

      I think that shot goes perfectly with Bradley’s quote about Paradise Lost. Courtesy of the AV Club: “Milton, bro? Milton. Fuckin’—that was the end of it. Motherfucker’s 57 or whatever, blind, dictating it to his fucking daughter-nurse—Paradise Lost? I mean, I just couldn’t… That poem fucking killed me. Satan? That character was un-fucking-believable. I could taste him in my mouth, dude, reading that. I really, really, for some reason, connected with that poem.” Yep, picture fits well.

      • Jane Donuts

        Wait, did that really happen?

        • porcupie

          Yes! And it was the greatest thing ever.

  • sagecreek

    Back away from the Whitestrips, Brad.

    • makeityourself

      I think they photoshopped his teeth because they definitely erased every sign of real life from his forehead.

  • 8daysaweek

    He reminds me of Bob from Mad Men in these shots. A bit too happy-go-lucky and excited about everything to be totally on the up and up.
    That said, I’ve never really found him very attractive but I think he is aging into his looks well.

  • jw_ny

    that cover…his beard looks like one of those magnetic fuzzy face toys

    • shirab

      And the neckbeard! I’m sad that GQ is OK with neckbeards.

      • jw_ny

        agree…makes it seem as if it’s an acceptable and stylish thing to do, to the average-joe-schmuck-reader

    • housefulofboys

      It looks like they “sharpened” the image one too many times in photoshop, giving his beard a particularly hedgehog-type appearance.

  • marlie

    Bradley looks pretty good here. I really like him with the close-cropped haircut. I love the plaid blazer in the second picture, but the rolled pants and white sneakers screams “summer” to me (actually, so does the last picture). Also, he’s REALLY happy to be there.

    • housefulofboys

      I don’t know if I was just traumatized by his permed hair in the past, but I think his new close crop hairstyle is a good choice.

  • Blair Sylvester

    Whole new direction in mens styles doesn’t apply to the celebritorials it would seem

  • Jessica Freeman

    I unabashedly love him. Even in gargantuan silly retiree white boat shoes.

    • Ginger

      Me tooooo!

  • bellafigura1

    He still looks like a big guy squashing himself into small clothes.

  • WendyD

    I’ve loved him since ‘Alias’ and will continue to do so forever.

    • Julie Chase

      Same here! I’m had a thing for Will Tippin for years now. Just not his highlights.

    • slnelson98

      Wholeheartedly agree!!!

    • TropiCarla

      Oh gosh, really? Because I thought Tippin was so. lame. So remembering him from Alias has the opposite effect on me. I still have a hard time accepting him as the new sex-symbol it-guy because of that character. That said, I will say that lately he looks damn good — in a way Tippin never could.

  • Clydette Wantland

    Holy crap he’s gorgeous!

    • kimmeister

      Did your clothes just spontaneously melt off too?

  • barbarienne

    That 3rd photo makes him look like some rich kid’s dad. “Sure, come on in, kids. Soda in the fridge and video games in the den. I’m gonna be out back working on the boat and snorting coke.”

    • GillianHolroyd

      Consider writing captions for a living. Working on the boat out back is brilliant.

  • Pennymac

    Sorry, Uncles. Nothing about this is played out. I could eat this guyditorial and coincidentally, this guy, with a spoon!

  • MW

    Both of the jackets are gorgeous. He continues to do nothing for me. The shoes-no-socks thing needs to DIE.

  • annabelle archer

    Hey there good lookiin’…come have seat over here, by me.

  • d4divine

    Love that friendly, open, happy face…so refreshing from the typical sexy scowl seen these days… Zachary Quinto

    • marlie

      ZQ can sexy-scowl at me all day and all night.

      • demidaemon

        Agreed 1000%.

  • paginatrix

    He always looks like he’s about to devour a live kitten.

    • Laura Renee

      I don’t agree, but LOL.

  • PastryGoddess

    I’m currently incapable of doing anything but staring and drooling.

  • alyce1213

    No to the neck beard and most of the clothes (which I find douchey) but I like what’s inside them.
    I’m glad he’s come out of his rom-com status and is taken seriously as an actor, because he’s good.

  • MilaXX

    Why is he so brown? He looks like the love child George Hamilton & tan mom.

    • decormaven

      Killing it! Bowing down…

  • Lilyana_F

    Guys, sorry for the off-topic, but comments are not working for me on Firefox since the redesign. Anyone else got issues like that?

    • conniemd

      I occasionally get a messed up comments section with any reply buttons that’s all scrunched together. When that happens I just close Firefox and reopen and it’s fine.

      • Lilyana_F

        Tried restarting, still the same. I just see the section as a plain list, with no option to add a comment. Weird.

  • SportifLateBoomer

    He is delicious. Despite the over-tan and tiny clothing I cannot resist the blue eyes and big smile. What panties? Gone.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I am beginning to love him, but it’s taking me a long while. I like these Guy Smiley photos of him though. Pretty cute.

  • mellorcr

    Is it the angle of the cover shot or a photoshop travesty? He has a giant head almost as big as his torso in that pic, and I know that’s not true!

  • Danielle


  • stubbornthoughts

    I want to be on him. Especially in that last one.

  • Nika E

    Its doesn’t really look like him to me. Maybe is the haircut. I dunno, he looks kind of weird to me in these shots.

  • MaggieMae

    He’s looking healthy, happy, and fit.

  • sleah_in_norcal

    i find this haircut rather unflattering. his great head of hair is usually an asset.

  • Shawn EH

    I guess men on magazine covers don’t need ribs, either.

  • Kbear

    On the cover – that is the same look I get from my dog when he wants a biscuit.

  • Brandon Taylor

    The very sight of him makes me want to vomit. :(

  • foodycatAlicia

    Those are some tan ankles.

  • demidaemon

    I don’t know. The cover photo takes a quick drive into “I am going to eat your soul” territory from Bradley’s usual charming cuteness.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      I agree– I thought he looked scary on the cover.

  • Brittany Knupper

    That cover is serving straight up Matthew-Goode-in-Stoker crazy eyes.

  • boweryboy

    He’s looking right at me, enjoying how hot I am, and is dying to rip my clothes off and ravish me. I never found him attractive until he cut his hair. What difference a haircut makes.

    • jay

      I came here to say exactly that. I’ve never found him attractive, but with the short George Clooney hair? Oh my goodness.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Ah, what can I say? Bradley had me as soon as he flashed those baby blues. I really should have a bumper sticker that reads “I brake for blue eyes”….sad.

  • Jacob Bowen

    I say yes to ALL of these pics, but the first one makes me feel like he wants me over and the third one is where we’re CLEARLY in bed together…

    PS. Sorry ladies but I LOVE the scruff…I always feel like the lonely scruff lover, but without it he is TOO baby faced.

  • Qitkat

    I heard a true story about Bradley today. Some girlfriends of my daughter-in-law were in NYC, and turned out to be staying at the same hotel he was. They saw him at breakfast, eating with another woman (don’t know who) and one of them went right over to his table and asked if he would be in a picture with all the girls. He said something to the effect of “Give me an hour and I will meet you. You get two minutes and one picture. Get it together!” He did meet with them and I’ve seen the picture. He looked adorable, casual, cute and happy. They were thrilled.

  • GillianHolroyd

    Will never tire of mid-century.

    • jjtxgrrl

      Thank you. Neither will I. There could be worse fads fo sure.

  • Kent Roby

    I’m incredibly-easily manipulated, but after reading about his drug and alcohol struggles all I can see in these pictures is “Happy/Healthy/Cute”. I can’t find fault now.

  • Coleen

    He’ll always have a place in my heart; I have a thing for Philly-area natives. Glad to see he cut his hair.

  • Daktari100

    I hate to say this, especially during the holidays when we’re supposed to be charitable, but I find him completely overrated, both in looks and acting ability. He has nice eyes and a cute smile. Other than that, the only thing interesting about his face is his nose, and only interesting because it’s too big. Also, that cover photo is so touched up it looks like a cartoon.

  • Frank Lithium

    Cute, but meh.