Bradley Cooper Reveals Who He Sees as “The Greatest” Actor

Bradley Cooper – still riding the wave of A Star Is Born’s triumphant reception – has been the subject of considerable media attention since before the film’s release. Transitioning from slapstick comedy work to Oscar-nominated pieces, Cooper has earned his place in Hollywood as a serious director/actor.

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From American Sniper and American Hustle to A Star Is Born, Cooper has been nominated for four Oscars and three Golden Globes since starring alongside Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook, which earned him his first Golden Globe nomination.

Bradley Cooper – showing no signs of slowing down – with Bernstein and Atlantic Wall on the horizon, is likely to snag his rightfully deserved Oscar win in the upcoming years. In Bernstein, he will direct himself in a leading role once again, portraying the music icon Leonard Bernstein.

From starring alongside Jennifer Garner in Alias to directing Lady Gaga, Cooper –awards or not – now stands next to the greatest in the industry. However, there’s one actor in particular who Cooper sees as an unrivaled performer.

“The greatest” actor in Bradley Cooper’s Eyes: Daniel Day-Lewis

In an interview with Metro News, Bradley Cooper was asked, “Daniel Day-Lewis will be about during the awards season…Isn’t he your favorite actor?” Cooper replied with four words: “He is the greatest.”

According to Cooper, he first met Daniel Day-Lewis while working on a TV telethon for Haiti. Cooper stated that he introduced himself and “told him how much I loved him and he was the sweetest soul,” according to Metro News.  

While Cooper did not elaborate on his opinion, or exactly which Daniel Day-Lewis projects he favored – given the actor’s extensive repertoire and well-known approach to the art – we can make a few educated guesses.

Why Daniel Day-Lewis?

Daniel Day-Lewis is most known as one of, if not the, most successful method actor in the business. Method acting – as a technique – has its proponents and its critics, but focuses on complete identification with the character you wish to portray. The idea: to create, in yourself, the thoughts and feelings of your character to deliver a life-like performance, according to Definitions.

From learning different languages to spending entire shoots in a wheelchair, Daniel Day-Lewis has gone to the extremes to harness the characters he portrays. However, dedicating his life to the art has paid off.

Daniel Day-Lewis has won three Oscars for Best Actor in a lead role.
Winning his first Oscar in 1990 for My Left Foot, Day-Lewis played a boy with cerebral palsy: Christy Brown. Brown – though a quadriplegic and essentially paralyzed from the head down – has complete control over his left foot. With his left foot and a great deal of determination, Brown overcomes his adversity to become an exquisite painter and poet.

Eighteen years after the release of My Left Foot, Daniel Day-Lewis won his second Oscar for There Will Be Blood, in which he played a ruthless silver-miner-turned-oil-tycoon. Exploiting his adopted son to appear trustworthy, Day-Lewis plays a real scumbag with breathtaking conviction.

And lastly, no one could forget Lincoln, in which Daniel Day-Lewis played the iconic 16th president himself, and won his third Oscar in the Lead Actor category.

When it comes to finding inspiration in Daniel Day-Lewis, Cooper has no shortage of material. From his Oscar-winning performances in the three films mentioned above to his nominated roles in The Gangs of New York and In the Name of the Father, there’s no question surrounding Daniel Day-Lewis’ incomparable degree of talent.