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Bradley Cooper Says ‘Alias’ Made Him Want to Kill Himself

Every bit of goodwill I have for Bradley Cooper stems from Alias. His work as intrepid reporter and hopeless romantic Will Tippin remains my all-time favorite Cooper performance, and one of my favorite TV characters ever. I suspect I’m not alone on that. I also suspect I’m not the only one devastated to learn Cooper hated working on the series.

In an interview with GQ, Cooper spoke at length about his early days as an actor, and his two-season stint on the J.J. Abrams spy drama. Despite a strong story arc for Tippin throughout Season 1, Cooper felt the role diminished as time went along.

“I would only work three days a week,” he said. “And then for the second season, I got even more sidelined. I was like, ‘Ugh.’ And then next thing you know, I was like, ‘I want to fucking kill myself.'”

Cooper said he was so unsatisfied with the work, that he asked Abrams to write Tippin off the show after the second season. “J.J. was like, ‘OK,'” he recalled. “He probably would’ve fired me, anyway.”

Of course, it all worked out for Cooper in the end. He’s been nominated for Oscars and Golden Globes, has achieved box-office heights through The Hangover series, and he even returned to Alias for some fun, memorable guest roles here and there. But it’s a sad look at what I always imagined was a fun role for Cooper. Sometimes, you just don’t want to know how the sausage gets made.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)


  • Der Langhaarige

    I can see where he is coming from, but I think “I only worked three days a week” isn’t something, he should complain about. But maybe it’s just the lazy bum that I am speaking. Or he got paid per workday and not per episode or season. Who knows what was in his contract.

  • Leonardo DaVinci Barnette

    When that’s your first big break, he should keep this to himself and be thankful “We” got to know who he was because of the experience. You just don;t have to share every darn thing.

  • Ozzy

    Okay…with tv contracts he could not actively look for more work. Long shooting scheduled of more then half the year. Locked in unable to do any other work. And wanting to do more. He probably like to work.
    He was probably bored out his mind. And if his contract sucked he would not have been having fun.

  • Woohooboy

    On a show like “Alias”, if your character ain’t in on the action and kicking ass, you’re pretty much going to be on the sidelines. I don’t think Bradley Cooper hated the show or had any ill will towards his former work colleagues, it just that his character was a basic nice guy and as such, had little to do on what was an action based spy series and no doubt that’s where the actors frustrations kicked in…….

    I’m sure he was grateful to be working and earning nice money being a series regular but creatively it probably wasn’t the most fulfilling role to play. I always thought the part should have been played by a more “mousy” kind of character actor. Bradley Cooper is a tall, well built, good looking guy who is much better suited to leading man roles.

  • Mal

    Yeah, It sounds depressing. I remember thinking where he was missing throughout the season. They underutilized him.

  • Richard Casey

    I TOTALLY get what he means, my interest in the show definitely dipped in tandem with his increasingly sporadic appearances. And being locked into a show like that, being unable to take other work because you MIGHT be needed must be heartbreaking.

  • Richard Casey

    What exactly is your issue here? He’s being honest about an experience in his life, one that’s totally understandable when you shed the “OH FUK HIM COS HIS LIFE IS GUD AN MYNE ISNT!” attitude.

  • Leonardo DaVinci Barnette

    Your words, not mine. Calm down dude..and move on.