Bradley Cooper Took the Police Academy Test to Prepare For a Role


The 2012 film The Place Beyond the Pines was a key opportunity for several major actors to prove their leading man bona fides. The multi-generational crime drama is contemplative, grounded, yet at times melodramatic—perfect for Bradley Cooper to stretch his wings.

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Cooper put in a great performance. It took some doing for the hangover actor to pull it off, though. To truly make his performance convincing, he had to head to a real-life police academy.


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