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Bradley Cooper: Confident thanks to Tony nod

Bradley Cooper was shocked to be nominated for a Tony Award this week.

The actor received a nod for the best actor in a play award for his role as the lead in The Elephant man, with his co-stars Alessandro Nivola and Patricia Clarkson also up for prizes and the play mentioned in the best revival category. This week's announcement came at a good time for the group, as they are about to bring the play from New York to London.

"Yeah, very surprised. My gosh, yeah," he told USA Today of his nomination. "And so grateful that, all of us actually, Pattie, Allessandro, myself and the play, so it's really been an incredible 48 hours for us heading into London next week. It's a nice boost of confidence."

The co-stars are jetting into London today and will start preparing for the stage on Friday. Rehearsals will continue until the curtain rises on May 18, with shows continuing until August 8.

Despite the hectic schedule, the star will be back in the Big Apple for the awards show on June 7.

"Yeah, we'll definitely come back for that. Just back for the night and then we'll go right back because we'll have a show the next day," he explained.

"I can't say until I'm there but my hunch is that I'll be ecstatic and happy, because it's just being there that's my experience of those kinds of things."

Although Bradley is excited about bringing his performance to London, it's a nerve-wracking time for him too. The role sees the star have to contort his body to play Joseph Merrick, who had a severe deformity, and it's very hard on him.

"Exhilarating's the word, cathartic, soothing. But physically draining," he explained. "Any time you're doing a play that's eight shows a week it is. But the nature of this character and what the actor has to do yeah I'd be lying if I said my body didn't take a bit of a beating. I can't believe I'll be doing it again. But then that'll be it."

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