I'll admit, I've never been the biggest fan of Bradley Cooper.
Good actor, yes. Seemingly nice guy, yes as well. But there's always been just something about the dude I didn't like, maybe it's because I always felt he was trying too hard to be a 'great actor' or 'an A-list celebrity'.
I have to say though, recently - after reading a lot about his performance in American Sniper and the respect he's earned from many for his efforts - he's starting to grow on me.
I think he's likely to get his 3rd consecutive Oscar nomination this week, and if so, it would put him in a rare class of actors to be nominated by the Academy three years in a row. That's pretty impressive. Not to mention, if he does land the nom, I expect him to be the 'dark horse' to secure the trophy.
On top of that, it looks like the guy wants to find a new challenge in directing, with word coming that he's circling the project, Honeymoon With Harry, which he would also star in alongside Robert De Niro.
The film has long been in-development - with Crazy, Stupid, Love scribe Dan Fogelman coming in now to do a rewrite - as it tells the story of a formerly woman obsessed, booze hound (Cooper) who meets the girl of his dreams, only for her to die before their wedding. Devastated, the man heads off on their honeymoon anyway, only to find the girl's father (De Niro) there too, who has come to spread her ashes. The two find each other, both grieving in the loss of the same woman, together.
I think this would mark a great move for Cooper as what better way to follow-up the surge he's on right now then to direct, despite having the clout currently to pick any acting project he wants.
Expect more on this project in the coming weeks with Cooper soon-to-be finishing up his current stage act in The Elephant Man.