“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.
Bradley Cooper has enjoyed virtually “Limitless” success in his fast-ascending career as a Hollywood leading man and he credits his accomplishments to his training at The Actors Studio Drama School with Dean Emeritus James Lipton.
Catch Bradley and Jim on NBC-TV Friday night (March 11) on “Extra” at 7:00 PM and “Access Hollywood” at 7:30 PM. Lipton will also be doing a lengthy interview with Gayle King on Sirius/XM radio Monday morning (March 14), which will air nationwide at 7 PM that evening.
One of the most frequent questions James Lipton is asked by interviewers is “Who is the guest you want the most?”
Lipton’s answer is invariable: “Since I’m the founding dean of the Actors Studio Drama School, of which Inside the Actors Studio is a class, the night that one of our graduates has achieved so much that he or she walks out and sits down in that chair facing me will mean more to me than any moment since this journey began.”
Bradley Cooper is that graduate-–a member of the Actors Studio Drama School, Class of 2000. James Lipton was his dean; Elizabeth Kemp and Andreas Manolikakis were his teachers.
Read today’s New York Times to learn why you shouldn’t “Take This Hunk At Face Value.” Watch Bradley and Jim on NBC-TV Friday night (March 11) on “Extra” at 7:00 PM and “Access Hollywood” at 7:30 PM. Lipton will also be doing a lengthy interview with Gayle King on Sirius/XM radio Monday morning (March 14), which will air nationwide at 7 PM that evening. See Bradley’s emotional return to his alma mater when his episode of “Inside The Actors Studio” airs on Monday, March 14 at 7 PM on Bravo. Also, catch Bradley starring alongside Robert De Niro in “Limitless” when it hits theaters on March 18.