Bradley Cooper claims that giving up booze is the sole reason he is seen as a good actor and revealed he believes he would have had "no chance" within the industry before he became sober.
In an interview with Barbara Walters for her '10 Most Fascinating People of 2015' special, Cooper waxed poetic about all of the things living the dry life has given him. The 40-year-old actor explained:
"I would never be sitting here with you, no way, no chance, [if I hadn't quit].
I wouldn't have been able to have access to myself or other people, or even been able to take in other people, if I hadn't changed my life. I never would have been able to have the relationships that I do. I never would have been able to take care of my father the way I did when he was sick. So many things."
Cooper also revealed how he was first inspired to become an actor after being moved to tears when his father showed him The Elephant Man when he was 12 years old. The star explained:
"It floored me. First of all, I was devastated by it. I couldn't stop crying"
Sadly, Coopers father died before he got to see his own son storming both Broadway and the West End as Joseph Merrick in a theatrical production of The Elephant Man. When asked what he thought his father would think about his success, he replied:
"I think he wouldn't believe it. Thank god he was alive for so many of the successes, but like, the Clint Eastwood thing, he would have really loved. That was one of his heroes."
(Source: The Mirror)