bradley cooper is the last guest on SmartLessand he has a very personal connection to the show: he credits the co-host Arnett helping him get sober.
Cooper went deep during the SmartLess discussion with Arnett, Jason Bateman and Sean Hayes. He explained his troubled twenties: ‘I was so lost and addicted to cocaine,’ adding that ‘I cut my Achilles tendon right after I got fired-slash-quit A.k.awhich compounded his problems. Admitting he had “zero self-esteem”, he said he had spent “a good year” trying to “imitate” the wicked humor of his comedy heroes. Instead, he ended up “really hurting people’s feelings.”
The actor became “quite emotional” as he recalled when Arnett, who was his neighbor at the time (“I didn’t know Will this well then”), dropped by his home. “He was like, ‘Hey man, do you remember we had dinner the other night? How do you think that went? I was like – I remember going to dinner in thinking I was so funny, and I thought those two guys who were my heroes thought I was so funny. I don’t know if you remember that, Will. I was like, ‘I thought that was so funny. was awesome. I thought I was killing,” Cooper explained. “Will’s like, ‘You were a real asshole, man. You were a real asshole.'”
“’And by the way, did your dogs go to the bathroom?’ And I was like, ‘What? What time is it?’ ‘It’s four o’clock.’ ‘Oh no.’ “I think they have to go to the bathroom, they’re literally standing by the door,'” Cooper recalled of their conversation. “And that was like the first time I realized I had a problem with drugs and alcohol. And it was Will who told me that. And I’ll never forget that. I was like, ‘Oh, the guy who I think is doing mean humor is telling me the truth about it.’ …And it changed my whole life.
He later added: “Will is the reason he took the risk of having that difficult conversation with me, for example, in July 2004, which put me on the path to deciding to change my life. was really Will Arnett, he is the reason.
Arnett, who is himself sober, praised Cooper’s “transformation”. Closing the show, he told his friend, “We love you man. Keep doing it, damn it. I don’t think I would seriously say this to anyone, but keep aiming for the stars and hitting out of the park and making big swings. It’s fucking awesome and inspiring. I just love you man.