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Silver Linings: Top 5 Bradley Cooper Performances

November 19, 2012
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This coming weekend the new and highly critically acclaimed film SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK opens in AMC Theatres everywhere and stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and the great Robert De Niro. Get your tickets now!

I've been a big fan of Bradley Cooper since way back in 2001 when he co-starred in the hit TV show ALIAS with Jennifer Garner and Michael Vartan (I always wanted Bradley's character Will to end up with Sydney instead of Vartan's character Michael ending up with her… but oh well).

So to help commemorate the the opening of SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK this week I thought we'd count down the top 5 Bradley Cooper performances. So hang tight, here we go:

#5 - THE A-TEAM (Playing Face)

While not everyone loved this movie (I enjoyed it) you've got to agree that Cooper's up-to-date rendition of Templeton "Face" Peck was outstanding. Obviously he brought a slightly harder edge to the character (since the movie as a whole had a slightly harder edge than the TV show did), but he absolutely maintained that slick/con-man/life-of-the-party feel that made the original character so memorable. He did Dirk Benedict proud!

#4 - WEDDING CRASHERS (Playing Sack Lodge)

Having been unfairly overlooked for his role in ALIAS (Jennifer Garner and Michael Vartan were the main driving characters) it was his role as the villain in WEDDING CRASHERS that put Cooper on the radar for a lot of film fans. He was the ultimate douchebag and foil to Owen Wilson's and Rachel McAdams' love. He was one of the important reasons WEDDING crashers is in my Top 10 Comedies of the 2000-2010 movie era.

#3 - ALIAS (Playing Will Tippin)

Oh Will… the faithful guy friend who deep down loves the girl (Jennifer Garner) but never lets his feelings get the better of him or compromise his friendship with the girl. I loved it when (I think it was season 3) Will and Sydney finally hooked up… but it was very short lived (just 1 episode if I'm not mistaken). Cooper brought that important balance to the show… the character that seemed more anchored in the real world juxtaposed against the fantastical world the other (main) characters were adventuring in which gave the show and more textured feel to it.

#2 - LIMITLESS (Playing Eddie Morra)

To this day I maintain that LIMITLESS didn't get anywhere near the credit it deserved. The story was rich, the dilemmas faced by the protagonist felt relatable, the power felt intoxicating and the performances (especially Bradley Cooper's) were outstanding. I remember walking out of the world premiere of the film thinking "Oscar contender" (not Oscar winner, but certainly in the conversation) but the buzz for the film was inexplicably short lived. Cooper showed he has much more than just comedy in his acting arsenal with this one.

#1 - THE HANGOVER (Playing Phil)

While THE HANGOVER PART 2 was something of a disappointing mess, the only reason it felt so very disappointing is because the first HANGOVER film was such an unrelentingly hilarious and amazing comedy. While I have WEDDING CRASHERS in my Top 10 Comedies of the 2000-2010 movie era, THE HANGOVER very comfortably sits in the top 5 (perhaps even in the top 3). What looked like just another average R rated comedy surprised us all by instantly becoming an all time classic and Bradley Cooper was one of the major reasons why.

So there you have it, our Top 5 Bradley Cooper performances. Tell us what you think. Do you agree with the list? Is there another performance you'd put on there instead? Let us know in the comments area below.

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