Bradley Cooper nearly ended his acting career in 2020.
In an interview with Mahershala Ali for Variety’s Actors on Actors series, the 47-year-old revealed he had a change of heart after being offered a role in Licorice Pizza.
“The reason I haven’t given up on acting is Paul Thomas Anderson. When he called me about maybe being in his movie, Mahershala, I mean really, I think I’d open a door in his movie. I would do anything,” Cooper admitted.
The film, which recently hit theaters, was the Oscar nominee’s first shoot since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Anderson began filming in August 2020 and the actor said the studio is “praying” he hasn’t contracted the virus.
“We broke up with Nightmare Alley, I was able to grow a beard and Searchlight was praying I didn’t get Covid because we had to go back and continue Nightmare Alley, but I was like, ‘There’s no there’s no way I’m not doing it,” he continued. “It was Covid’s first comeback movie. And (the character) Jon Peters was the start of the movie, so I started with everybody, which was wonderful, rather than coming in when everybody’s already downstream.”
Cooper added that the director used their three and a half weeks together to teach him new skills on set.
“I spent three and a half weeks with Paul. I watched all the camera tests. He taught me everything about lenses, things that I didn’t know. He’s amazing,” he said. concluded.