The ‘Hangover’ actor opened up about his road to sobriety life, revealing what led him to finish his darkest years, after some rash behavior forced him to reevaluate his life.
“I don’t drink or do drugs at all anymore,” Cooper told The Hollywood Reporter. “Being sober helps a great deal.
When this year’s Sexist Man Alive brought home an A-list paycheck, he acknowledges insecurity is what lead to his addiction.
“I was so concerned what you thought of me, how I was coming across, how I would survive the day. I always felt like an outsider,” the actor said.
“I realized I wasn’t going to live up to my potential, and that scared the hell out of me. I thought, ‘Wow, I’m actually gonna ruin my life; I’m really gonna ruin it.'”
“I was at a party and deliberately bashed my head on the concrete floor – like, ‘Hey, look how tough I am!’ And I came up, and blood dripped down,” Cooper remembered.
He went on, adding: “And then I did it again. I spent the night at St. Vincent’s Hospital with a sock of ice, waiting for them to stitch me up.”
Friends repeatedly cautioned him, yet he didn’t listen. “Part of me believed it, and part of me didn’t. But the proof was in the pudding: I’d always gotten up at the crack of dawn, and that was out the window. I remember looking at my life, my apartment, my dogs, and I thought, ‘What’s happening?’ ”
The ‘Words’ star needn’t fear about unrealized potential. With reported $15 million rate for the third film of director Todd Phillips’ “Hangover” franchise, Cooper is at the top of his game.
“He is very smart and sincere and can try all sides of the spectrum. He is very good and is going to get better and better,” Robert De Niro, Cooper’s “Limitless” costar, told the magazine.
When Cooper completes the third Hangover installment, he plans to take a break from screen life and bring the stage version of Elephant Man to Broadway this fall, after performing it to acclaim at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts.
The star also revealed his plans about future cooperation with Russell for an untitled film about the Abscam scandal of the early 1980s, taking the role of Mel Weinberg, a FBI hired man in a sting operation that targeted members of Congress.
Cooper also is developing another movie with Russell, based on American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, by former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.
The actor confessed that he passionately wants to direct it: “I’m always thinking about the story and the shot and the actual doing of the scene. I don’t think like an actor at all.”
His friend De Niro questions this and notes of Cooper’s acting: “He is very smart and sincere and can try all sides of the spectrum. He is very good and is going to get better and better.”