Bradley Cooper Might Have Quit Acting If It Weren’t For Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza

Bradley Cooper has had an unusual career.

He managed to break out of being typecast as what IndieWire dubbed in 2015 “weaselly boyfriends or best friends in mainstream comedies” to become one of the most celebrated, multi-faceted talents in Hollywood today.

Now set to star in Steven Spielberg’s “Bullitt” movie, and with his second directorial project, “Maestro,” ready to drop in 2023, there seems to be no letting up for Cooper.Since his debut in the director’s chair with 2018’s “A Star Is Born,” Cooper has continued to take on diverse projects.

His role as con man Stanton “Stan” Carlisle in Guillermo del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley” was unlike anything he’d ever done.

As was his brief part in “Licorice Pizza,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2021 coming-of-age effort set in the halcyon 1970s, in which Cooper plays producer Jon Peters.

The “Hangover” star delivered an uncomfortably intense energy as Peters, struggling to

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