Bradley Cooper: Oscars Mean Nothing To Me Now
Actor reveals how his outlook has changed following his dad's death...
Bradley Cooper has revealed that missing out on an Oscar for his role in Silver Linings Playbook meant nothing to him following the death of his father.
Cooper, who was nominated for best actor, nursed his dad through lung cancer before he died at the age of 71 two years ago, according to the Metro.
In an interview with GQ magazine, Cooper said he will not "sweat s**t" about awards after he witnessed his dad's final breath.
"Death became very real. And very tangible. Because my father - someone who had been in my life for 36 years is just f**king gone," he said.
"I watched him dying and I was there by his bed watching him, breathing with him, and then I saw his last breath and he was gone.
"I experienced the whole thing. And that was a watershed moment that I was privileged to experience. And it changed everything. Nothing has ever been the same since."
He added: "You know William Blake's Songs of Innocence? Well, right there, in that moment, the innocence was gone. Done. Never to return. The beauty is that I just don't sweat s**t any more."
The actor, 38, said that losing his father has given him a new kind of confidence – and made him less concerned about things he can’t control.
"My father gave me two gifts - having me and dying with me. I used to be the kid that got the shakes if I had to talk in public; now, I just don't get nervous about stuff. I can't control everything.
"I don't want to win an Oscar. 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."
You can read the full interview in the April issue of GQ on Thursday.