Watch a pre-fame Bradley Cooper quiz Sean Penn on 'Inside the Actors Studio'
Let us take you back to the year 1999, a time long before Bradley Cooper's first Oscar nomination in 2013, when he was just a 24-year-old studying in his second year at The Actors Studio. As can be seen in the above video, Cooper got the chance to ask visiting actor Sean Penn a question while he was on "Inside the Actors Studio."
"Hey, Mr. Penn, my name's Bradley Cooper, I'm a second-year actor," he says. "My question's regarding Hurlyburly. What was it like to revisit a character -- Eddie -- after ten-year hiatus? Did you have new discoveries? Did you find that it was a different approach because you had already done this character before?"
Penn gives a lengthy answer that we hope in some way informed Cooper's return in "The Hangover: Part II" and the upcoming "The Hangover: Part III." Though it recently resurfaced, this clip has been floating around for a while and even got mocked by Louis CK during an interview with Stephen Merchant in 2008.
"You know when an actor stands up, one of the people in the audience, and says, 'I am an actor, what can I do?' And asks Sean Penn or whoever, 'What can I do to reach your level?' or whatever, and you just want to say, 'That's it. You'll never be famous,'" CK says. "There's no way you ask Sean Penn a question and then you're going to be huge."
Look who got the last laugh this time, Louis.