"That's testament to Warner Brothers," enthuses Cooper. Based on the 1980s television show about a quartet of Vietnam veterans on the run from the military, those of a certain age will probably already have been wallowing in nostalgia at the thought of Mr.
T as the bling-tastic B A Baracus and George Peppard as the cigar-chomping Hannibal. "All across the United States, someone asks me about The A-Team!
I really didn't have anything going on." A sports jock, he most certainly was not, though he was intrigued by them.
"I was fascinated by those guys because they were so obviously arseholes and didn't hide that fact," he recalls. People would say, 'What do you want to be, Bradley?
"There was always one moment in the night where I would go, 'It's time to get naked! "And it was usually in the wintertime, when I'd want to run out in the snow." With the film snagging a recent Golden Globe nod for Best Film in the Musical/Comedy section, inevitably there's a sequel in the works. So if someone says 'Do you want to spend three months doing it again? " He points out that he even spent Christmas last year with Zach Galifianakis (the film's other breakout star, who played geeky brother-in-law Alan) on his farm. It's a very intimate thing you go through, shooting a movie.
You find out whether you really like somebody, or you very much dislike somebody pretty fast.
Not that he cares, recalling a time he and a friend, the Broadway star Victor Garber, turned up to an event together. By his own admission, he hardly stood out in his early years.
"I'm so used to working just to work," he says, "and taking whatever comes." Like most actors, he's also highly superstitious.
The 40-year-old actor appeared on Howard Stern's Sirius XM radio show on Wednesday, where he set the record straight on why he and the 25-year-old actress, who have appeared on the big screen together multiple times, have never dated.
While they are not romantically involved, Cooper does have a deep respect for Lawrence, and supports her recent essay on the gender wage gap in Hollywood.
As he puts it, "There's been plenty of that rejection and hopes that aren't fulfilled." But after he followed Wet Hot American Summer with a role in Marc Evans' thriller My Little Eye, he went on to gain the role of Will Tippin in Alias and gradually began to establish himself, notably featuring alongside Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in the hit 2005 comedy Wedding Crashers.
He even finally got over his stage fright, acting with his Valentine's Day co-star Julia Roberts on Broadway in Three Days of Rain.