In the movie Limitless, which opens March 18, 2011, Cooper plays an unemployed writer who becomes rich and successful beyond his wildest dreams after taking NZT, a fictional experimental drug that enables him to use 100% of his brain capacity.
So, would Bradley consider taking such a pill if it actually existed?
“In a heartbeat,” Cooper, 36, tells the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Fortunately, Bradley probably doesn’t need such a pill because he’s already super-motivated. Cooper learned to work hard at an early age because he wasn’t the popular stud as a kid.
“I never lived the life of ‘Oh, you’re so good-looking,’ ” Cooper says. “People thought I was a girl when I was little, because I looked like a girl.”
So when the athletic 6’1″ Bradley was cast in the 2010 action film The A-Team, he hit the gym hard to gain the rippling physique expected of solider in the Army’s elite Special Forces unit.
‘I F*ckin’ Loved Training for A-Team’
“He worked really hard—and I mean really hard,” Joe Carnahan, director of The A-Team told Details.
“He was training with the M4 machine gun and he got proficient really fast. Scary fast. There was a part of Bradley that wanted to deploy to some far-off point in Yemen and do battle with Al Qaeda.”
While most people hate grueling diet and workout regimens, Bradley embraced the process.
“I f*ckin’ loved it,” Cooper says. “I rowed crew in college, and it’s very much the same thing—you feel like you’re part of some other mechanism.”
Limitless, which co-stars Robert DeNiro and Abbie Cornish, hits theaters March 18.
Samantha Chang is the co-owner and executive editor of TheImproper and a writer at Examiner.