Actor Bradley Cooper like most celebrities, attended the DNC, but unlike most in Hollywood, he received backlash for his attendance. Such backlash, that Cooper explained he wasn’t expecting it.
So what makes Cooper so special in this situation? Well, Cooper was in a very well known film called American Sniper, which had a huge Republican audience and spawned many pro gun fans. In the film, he plays real life American hero Chris Kyle, who was one of the most accomplished snipers to date. Cooper was so convincing in the role, that he went on to earn an Academy Award nomination for the role, in addition, some thought he might be a republican as well, and that’s where the backlash began.
— EntertainmentTonight (@etnow) August 4, 2016
Here’s a taste of just how some people reacted when they saw Cooper at the DNC. Granted, he didn’t look too happy to be there, but it was still a moment that angered republican fans.
I have a list of celebrities that support Socialism I refuse to spend another $ on. Add this one. Boycott them all. pic.twitter.com/uOFMkxSvRY
— Nat Shupe (@NatShupe) July 28, 2016
Bradley Cooper at DNC?! Guess I’ve seen my last Bradley Cooper movie. Ewww Ick
— The Real ExTex (@theRealExTex) July 28, 2016
Repubs never thought #BradleyCooper was anything but liberal. They r disappointed that his intricate study of Kyle’s life taught him nothing
— Bethany Cross (@Bethcross2Cross) July 28, 2016
Not upset Bradley Cooper was at DNC.. Disappointed if he votes for Hillary.. Especially since he does know Chris Kyle’s story..
— ALP❤️ (@ansliee_) July 29, 2016
Of course, there were others that didn’t agree with the backlash.
Some are mad Bradley Cooper went to DNC after portraying Chris Kyle. I get it, I’m still furious Johnny Depp doesn’t travel via pirate ship.
— Pat (╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻ (@PatsHoppedUp) July 29, 2016
Folks are mad that Bradley Cooper isn’t really Chris Kyle, so this guy on GMA is explaining actors often pretend to be people they’re not.????
— Josh Sewell (@IAmJoshSewell) July 29, 2016
The topic of Bradley Cooper’s appearance at the DNC came up when the actor was on The Late Late Show. Cooper explained of the mounting backlash from being filmed at the DNC:
“I was not expecting that. The republicans were up in arms that I was watching the president speak.”
Cooper’s friend and collaborator, Todd Phillips, who directed the actor in The Hangover franchise, made light of the whole thing. Phillips sat next to Cooper during his appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) August 4, 2016
“It’s like the mob being mad at [Robert] DeNiro for being in The Intern.”
Now that Cooper has been outed as an “alleged” Democrat, the actor opened up about what it was like to be at the DNC. The actor, who grew up in Philadelphia, where the DNC was being held, took his mother with him. He was mostly excited about seeing President Obama speak.
“I just kept on watching my mom. He was unbelievable. To be there probably one of the last times we’re going to hear him speak. I think he was an incredible president. I was very excited.”
Due to Cooper being outed, he was able to tell another story about dining with popular democrat, former President Bill Clinton. Their dinner happened while he was filming one of the Hangover films. At the time, President Clinton was giving a speech in Thailand on energy alternatives and visited the set. Cooper called the president “very amiable” and as far as conversation topics go, the sky was the limit.
Mostly, Cooper, Philipps, and Clinton spoke about comedies together.
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