Actor Will Arnett ‘is the reason’ Bradley Cooper got sober
Oscar-nominated actor Bradley Cooper credits actor-comedian Will Arnett for helping him get his life back on track in the early 2000s when ‘The Hangover’ star struggled with drugs and alcohol.
The ‘A Star Is Born’ actor-director shared “a little history” he had with Arnett, his former roommate and former neighbor, at a time when Cooper had “zero self-esteem.”
Released on Monday 100th episode of the “SmartLess” podcastwhich Arnett co-hosts with actors Jason Bateman and Sean Hayes, Cooper opened up about his relationship with former “Arrested Development” star Arnett and the effect it had on him throughout his life.
To boost his confidence, Cooper said he tried to fit in by mimicking the popular “wicked humour” of the early stuff Arnett also subscribed to, but instead â Arnett told him â it fell flat.
“[Arnett] was like, ‘Hey man, remember we had dinner the other night? How do you think that happened? ârecalls Cooper. “And I remember going to dinner thinking I was so funny, and I thought these two guys who were my heroes thought I was so funny. … I was like, ‘I was thinking that was awesome. I thought I was killing. Will Arnett was like, ‘You were a real aâ, man. You were a real…’.
And, apparently, Cooper was so controlled at the time that he also forgot to take his dogs out for relief â another issue Arnett pointed out.
“It was like the first time I realized I had a problem with drugs and alcohol. And it was Will who told me. And I’ll never forget it. I was like, ‘Oh, the guy who I think does mean humor tells me like the truth about it,’ and it changed my whole life,” the 47-year-old shared on the podcast. “That moment was when I stopped chasing that kind of mean humor.”
“I just remember thinking that I loved you and wanted you to be okay and I knew you weren’t feeling good about things,” Arnett, 52, replied.
“I was so lost. I was so lost, and I was addicted to cocaine, and that was the other thing, [I injured] my Achilles tendonâ¦â Cooper said of the low point in his life. “I had the advantage of it happening when I was 29,” which happened before his career exploded with the hit first installment of the film franchise “The Hangover” in 2009.
“I have to go through all of these things before fame even plays into my day-to-day existence,” the “Wedding Crashers” and “Alias” alum said.
Arnett has described Cooper’s change as a “metamorphosis” and believes that Cooper’s self-realization in his early thirties allowed him to open up and change his personal and professional outlook.
âThe will is the reason. Will took the risk of having this difficult conversation with me, for example, in July 2004, and that led me to decide to change my life. It really is Will Arnett. He is the reason. There is no one else. It’s him. And it helped that he was the guy I thought I was impersonating,â Cooper said.
“It was great seeing you in this place and seeing you comfortable. Nothing made me happier,” Arnett told Cooper. makes you happy to see you so happy with who you are.”
Cooper said he stayed sober with therapy, but also changed his outlook after becoming a father. He shares his 4-year-old daughter, Lea, with ex-girlfriend Irina Shayk.
“Fatherhood is…everything has changed,” he said. âEverything is absolutely shaded or highlighted in glorious colors by me becoming the father of a wonderful human being. It’s just the absolute best thing.
âThere are fast parts and slow parts,â Bateman added. “I have found for myself that one of the things [being a dad] fact is that it speeds up your work on yourself because you don’t want to infect them with shit you haven’t figured out yet.
“I don’t want my kids to have to get over their childhood or mine,” added Arnett, who shares two sons with ex-wife Amy Poehler and one with girlfriend Alessandra Brawn.
The podcast episode was recorded weeks ago, before Cooper began filming “Maestro” in late May. He plays conductor-composer Leonard Bernstein in the netflix movie, which he also wrote and will direct. The actor recently makes headlines because he’s unrecognizable like an aged version of the American theater icon.