Bradley Cooper has been sober for 10 years, and said his father’s recent death forever changed his outlook on life, Examiner reported.
Cooper, whose dad died in 2011 after battling lung cancer, said his father’s death made him focus on the big picture and stop sweating the small stuff.
“Realizing that the bottom line is that all I got is me, so it’s about time to stop trying to be something that I think you would want me to be,” said Bradley. “Or that would give me what I think I need. As you get older, thank God, your body deteriorates, but your soul sort of flourishes.”
Cooper said he’s also much less judgmental than he used to be, after overcoming his own struggles with depression, alcoholism and drug addiction.
“I see life much more gray as I get older,” said Bradley. “I was so sort of black-and-white in my late 20s. There’s right and there’s wrong and that’s it. That’s a tough way to live. It’s rare that I judge somebody, really rare. I think people feel that, so it’s sort of easy to get close to somebody if you don’t feel judged by them.”
Cooper didn’t want to compromise his sobriety, so he didn’t use any hormones or steroids to gain 40 pounds of muscle to play a Navy SEAL in “American Sniper,” which is based on the book by Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.
“I did it naturally because I’ve been sober for 10 years,” said Cooper. “I had a realistic conversation. ‘Can I do this in three months naturally? I didn’t know if I would be able to do it or not. Thank God my f–king body reacted fast.”
Bradley followed a 6,000-calorie-a-day Paleo style diet to gain 40 pounds of muscle for “American Sniper.” The Paleo diet has earned raves for promoting optimal health and natural weight loss.“Clinical trials have shown the Paleo diet is the optimum diet that can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, markers of inflammation, help with weight loss, reduce acne, promote optimum health and athletic performance,” said professor Loren Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet for Athletes and The Paleo Diet Cookbook.
Cooper said he stopped drinking and doing drugs after realizing he liked how clear-headed he felt when he was sober. Not surprisingly, his career took off after that.
Cooper said no longer sweats the small stuff like he used to. When he didn’t the Oscar for best actor in 2013 (the award went to Daniel Day-Lewis), he took the loss in stride because of the perspective his dad’s death gave him.
“I don’t want to win an Oscar,” said Cooper. “It would change nothing. Nothing. The things in my life that aren’t fulfilled would not be fulfilled. Career-wise, right now, it’s better that I don’t win one. I don’t want to win. I don’t.”