Bradley Cooper, a shoulder when Hollywood needs help (and not just for Will Smith)

much has been said of the slap from Will Smith to Chris Rock at the ceremony of Oscar. criticism and opinions in favor of one or the other ranging from the debate on the normalization of violence, the abuse of power or the place of satire when it involves bullying. However, while the world comments -with the exception of Daniel Radcliffe who said he did not want to become one more opinion on the matter- there is a name that has gone unnoticed in the midst of so much media tsunami, but that had a lot to do with it with the moment.

I speak of Bradley Cooper and the images of the actor comforting, talking and hugging Will Smith during the commercial break, just after the controversial slap. Some photographs that convey empathy and understanding, even in the worst possible situation, and that make more sense when we remember his story of overcoming and the positive influence he has on his industry. Because in addition to being an actor and director, Bradley also plays the role of Hollywood’s shoulder.

Bradley Cooper helps Will Smith during the 94th Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theater at Ovation Hollywood on March 27, 2022. (Myung Chun/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)MOREHIDE

Bradley Cooper helps Will Smith during the 94th Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theater at Ovation Hollywood on March 27, 2022. (Myung Chun/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)MOREHIDE

Denzel Washington, Tyler Perry and Bradley Cooper were the figures that contained Will Smith after what happened. The three seem to have spoken to him, advised him or simply listened to him in the midst of the confusion and turmoil, minutes before he won the Oscar for best actor. The first two are figures that many stars have pointed to as a source of advice as a result of their long careers. Especially Perry, who for decades has played an essential role in equal opportunities, being one of the most prolific producers in Hollywood. However, Bradley’s arms holding Will Smith and embracing him, as well as his seemingly attentive posture as he listens, they refer me to the most personal chapter of the director of A star has been born.

That of his sobriety, his struggle with addictions and his role as an influential and inspirational role for other stars, such as Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck.

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Because just as we see him lending his shoulder and support to Will Smith, he also did it with others. Without going further, Brad Pitt celebrated it in 2020 and pointed out that he was responsible for living a happier life.

Because, without anyone knowing it, Cooper served as a support, sponsor or advisor to the actor during his slip with alcohol after the separation with Angelina Jolie. It was during the National Board of Review gala two years ago that Bradley was commissioned to present him with the award for best supporting actor for his work in Once upon a time in… Hollywood and, to the surprise of many, his name was the first in Brad’s speech.

Thank you Bradley” was the first thing he said. “Bradley is a sweetheart, he just put his daughter to bed and rushed over to do this.” noted in connection with the little Lea De Seine that Cooper had with Irina Shayk.I’m sober for this man and he’s been happier every day since.” surprised saying below.

Brad Pitt had revealed a year ago to New York Times who spent two years in recovery through Alcoholics Anonymous after the divorce. “I had taken things as far as I could go, so I removed my drinking privileges.” declared. “He had all these men sitting around being open and honest in a way that he had never heard. It was a safe place where there were no judgments and, therefore, less criticism of yourself ” sentenced about his experience in the meetings.

However, unknown to anyone, Bradley had been there accompanying him and serving as his guide.

Brad Pitt and Bradley Cooper attend the National Board of Review Annual Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 8, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for National Board of Review)

Brad Pitt and Bradley Cooper attend the National Board of Review Annual Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 8, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for National Board of Review)

But it was not the only one. Ben Affleck he also included him among the figures who helped him in his recovery. The actor has openly talked about his battle with alcohol on several occasions, however it was in a 2020 interview with the same post what noted Cooper’s influence on his life.

The actor-director cited Bradley Cooper and Robert Downey Jr. as “guys who have supported me a lot and for whom I feel a great sense of gratitude.” “It took me a long time to fundamentally, deeply, without a shred of doubt admit that I am an alcoholic,” said.

Suki Waterhouse, Bradley Cooper and Ben Affleck at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/WireImage)

Suki Waterhouse, Bradley Cooper and Ben Affleck at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/WireImage)

“One of the things about recovery that I think people sometimes overlook is the fact that it instills certain values. Be honest. Be responsible. Help others. Apologize when you’re wrong.” continuous. Some lessons that, without a doubt, give a different emotional and human meaning to the images of Cooper with Will Smith at the Oscars.

Affleck spent 40 days in rehab in 2018, posting on Instagram shortly after that his battle was “long and difficult and that, therefore, “one never finishes being in treatment. It’s a full-time commitment.”

Bradley Cooper’s story of overcoming and his role as a source of inspiration is summed up in his 18 years of sobriety, after battling his own demons with alcohol and painkillers at the beginning of his career.. She even confessed to having suicidal thoughts when playing Will Tippin in Alias, the charismatic roommate of Jennifer Garner’s spy, due to the series having begun to take screen time away from him. It was never said why, but as the actor commented to GQ back in 2014, his addictions might have had a hand in saying that creator JJ Abrams would surely have ended up firing him. It was Cooper who asked him to write him out of history despite having no projects in the works. Howeverit was not until he turned 29 in 2012 that he chose to seek help because he realized that if he did not stop drinking “would ruin” his life.

Bradley Cooper and Zendaya at the 94th Academy Awards Ceremony® on March 27, 2022 from the Dolby® Theater at Ovation Hollywood. (ABC via Getty Images)

Bradley Cooper and Zendaya at the 94th Academy Awards® on March 27, 2022 from the Dolby® Theater in Ovation Hollywood. (ABC via Getty Images)

I don’t use alcohol or drugs anymore.” said to The Hollywood Reporter. “I realized I wasn’t going to live up to my potential, and that scared the hell out of me. I thought, ‘Wow, I’m really going to screw up my life. I’m really going to screw it up.'”

It was after taking a radical turn in his life, rediscovering himself through sobriety, that the success that would elevate him came: Hangover in Las Vegas. That story that, by ironies of fate, revolved around an out-of-control party with alcohol and excesses involved, catapulted him to the point of awarding him the title of the sexiest man on the planet and drawing the attention of established filmmakers such as Clint Eastwood. and David O. Russell. Seeing himself in a different position, working in sobriety, being appreciated for his work without hiding addictions or needing them, sparked the bug of ambition and creativity in him, leading to his great work in A star has been born and Licorice Pizza.

It has been beautiful” told Barbara Walters about her rehabilitation process. “I would never be sitting here with you because I wouldn’t have been able to access myself or other people, or even be able to understand others if I hadn’t changed my life.”

“I would never have been able to have the relationships that I have, nor to take care of my father as I did when he got sick, so many things” He added in relation to the years in which he put his career on hold to take care of his father who was ill with lung cancer until his death in 2011. Since then he has been part of organizations dedicated to helping patients with cancer and Alzheimer’s.

And everything he learned on his road to recovery seems to be shared with fellow professionals who need it. Without advertising it, without looking for this type of article, simply distributing what I have learned to whoever needs it as a silent shoulder for all of Hollywood.

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Bradley Cooper, a shoulder when Hollywood needs help (and not just for Will Smith)