“He’s going to continue to rise. He’s an amazing actor,” says James Lipton, dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, where Bradley Cooper earned his MFA. Lipton also happens to be host of Bravo’s “Inside the Actors Studio,” which will feature Cooper in an emotional appearance Monday – the alumnus gets verklempt several times within the first 15 minutes alone – that marks the first time a graduate has become a guest on the show.
“He has already risen to the top fraction of a percent of American actors, and I don’t think there’s any way, short of turning into Charlie Sheen and self-destructing, that he will not continue to progress,” Lipton says.
It has taken Bradley Cooper, a 2000 graduate of The Actors Studio Drama School’s MFA program, almost a decade to finally star as an overnight success.
Following years of playing supporting roles in TV shows like “Alias” and movies like “Wedding Crashers,” Cooper’s moment has arrived. After his box-office success in “The Hangover,” Hollywood doors opened wide … including those which led to the psychological thriller, “Limitless.” The flood of publicity about the movie opening Friday, March 18 includes two articles in The Washington Post by Jen Charney appearing two days apart – Saturday, March 12 and Monday, March 14.