Actor learned to let go of worries
Bradley Cooper has admitted that his whole approach to life changed after witnessing his father’s death.
The actor’s father Charles J Cooper lost his battle with cancer two years ago and Bradley, who sat by his dad’s bedside, felt privileged to experience the moment he passed away.
‘Death became very real,’ says Bradley, 38.
‘And very tangible. Because my father – someone who has been in my life for 36 years – is just f*cking gone.
‘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.’
Bradley says losing out on an Oscar for his role in Silver Linings Playbook didn’t bother him because he’s now more relaxed.
‘My father gave me two gifts – having me and dying with me,’ the actor tells GQ Magazine.
‘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 realised 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.’