Bradley Cooper is confused with the Republican reaction to his appearance at the Democratic National Convention, and frankly so are we.
Of course it is not unusual for Cooper to attend the event, given that he has been a long time supporter of the Democrats and President Obama. He was not even a speaker, and, in fact, was just an audience member. When the camera panned to him at one point, just sitting there, Republicans immediately released the vitriol on social media.
The actor was shocked with the backlash. “I was not expecting that.” Cooper told host James Corden during an appearance on The Late Late Show on Tuesday. “Republicans were up in arms that I was there watching the president speak,” the perplexed movie star added.
But Corden's other guest, Todd Phillips who was the director of The Hangover films, which starred Cooper, chimed in with the idea that this may stem from the fact that Bradley played Conservative icon, Chris Kyle in American Sniper. “Which is like the mob being mad at De Niro for being in The Intern,” he said, pointing out the absurdity of the situation.
American Sniper told the life story of the Navy Seals sniper Chris Kyle who is considered to be the deadliest one in American history. The film was a hit among conservatives and racked up six Academy Award nominations, including a Best Actor for Cooper.
It is not really unusual for people to confuse actors with the role they play, but often times that confusion ends when we pass ten years old (give or take a few years).
Then again maybe the detractors just assumed that Cooper took on the role because he is a staunch Republican, after all American Sniper does lean right on the political spectrum, and so does its director, Clint Eastwood. So why can't the lead star be the same?