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VIDEO: Bradley Cooper Reveals He Was Advised Not to Take On ELEPHANT MAN

Bradley Cooper received a 2015 Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play for his performance in Broadway's THE ELEPHANT MAN. On this morning's GMA, he revealed that throughout his career, he has been advised over and over again not to take on the role.

"Each step I've been advised not to do it," shared the 40-year-old. "It's sort of an example of, don't listen to anybody ... it's a learning experience." Watch the appearance below!

Scott Ellis' acclaimed production of The Elephant Man is now playing on London's West End with the US cast starring Bradley Cooper,Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola.

The cast features Cooper as John Merrick, Patricia Clarkson as Mrs. Kendal,Alessandro Nivola as Dr. Frederick Treves, Anthony Heald as Ross / Bishop How, Scott Lowell as Snork / Pinhead Manager / Lord John, Kathryn Meisle as Miss Sandwich / Princess and Henry Stramas Carr Gomm / Conductor. The cast also includes Chris Bannow, Peter Bradbury, Lucas Calhoun,Eric Clem, Amanda Lea Mason, Marguerite Stimpson and Emma Thorne.

Bradley Cooper was recently nominated for an Oscar for his film, American Sniper.

Prior to the London engagement, The Elephant Man played until February 21st, 2015 at the Booth Theatre in New York City. This production was first produced in July 2012 in Williamstown, Massachusetts by the Williamstown Theatre Festival under Jenny Gersten's season.

Based on the real life of Joseph Merrick, The Elephant Man tells the story of a 19th-century British man who became a star of the traveling freak show circuit. When the renowned Dr Treves takes Merrick under his care, he is astonished by the man's brilliant intelligence, unshakable faith and, most of all, his resounding desire for love and understanding. He introduces Merrick to the beautiful actress Mrs. Kendal, who is deeply touched by this pure and genuine soul. As a complex friendship blossoms among the three, Treves and Kendal struggle to protect Merrick from a world of questionable intentions.




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