BLAST­ING OFF WITH BRADLEY

Albuquerque Journal - Parade - - Personality -

Bradley Cooper, 42, takes off again as the voice of the mo­tor­mouthed, ge­net­i­cally en­gi­neered bounty hunter Rocket Rac­coon in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, open­ing May 5. Here are five facts about the Philadel­phia-born, four-time Os­car nom­i­nee.

1 He’s flu­ent in French from his time as an ex­change stu­dent in Aix-en-Provence.

2 While in high school at Ger­man­town Acad­emy, he worked at the Philadel­phia Daily News.

3 Be­fore he chose an act­ing ca­reer, he wanted to move to Ja­pan to be­come a ninja.

4 He worked as a door­man at New York City’s Mor­gans Ho­tel while study­ing act­ing.

5 For Amer­i­can

Sniper, Cooper trained with U.S. Navy SEAL vet­eran Kevin Lacz, who served with Chris Kyle, whom Cooper played in the film.

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