Oscars don't mean much for Cooper
Published 04/03/2013 | 10:22
Bradley Cooper has revealed that he didn't mind missing out on an Oscar, because his father's death has put life into perspective.
The US actor, who was up for a best actor gong following his performance in Silver Linings Playbook, admitted that even if he had won the award over Daniel Day-Lewis, "it would change nothing", because he had already experienced his father's last breath.
"Death became very real. And very tangible. Because my father - someone who had been in my life for 36 years - is just f****** gone. I watched him dying and I was there by his bed watching him, breathing with him and then I saw his last breath and he was gone," he told GQ.
"I experienced the whole thing. And that was a watershed moment that I was privileged to experience. And it changed everything. Nothing has been the same since."
Bradley continued: "You know William Blake's Songs Of Innocence? Well, right there, in that moment, the innocence was gone. Done. Never to return. The beauty is that I just don't sweat s*** any more."
The 38-year-old nursed his dad through lung cancer before he died at the age of 71 two years ago.
"My father gave me two gifts - having me and dying with me. I used to be the kid that got the shakes if I had to talk in public. Now, I just don't get nervous about stuff," he said.
"I can't control everything. I watched my father die and I realised that is the way we are all going to die. For me, it was a switch from knowing something intellectually to knowing it by tangibly experiencing it."
The full interview will be in the April issue of GQ, which is out on Thursday.