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Bradley Cooper Covers Esquire December 2012

Posted Saturday November 24, 2012 3:12 PM GMT

With his new movie "Silver Linings Playbook" in theaters now, Bradley Cooper pitched in on promotions by covering the December 2012 issue of Esquire magazine.

The 37-year-old actor looked dashing in a classic tuxedo for the Cliff Watts shot front page while opening up about topics including his father, motorcycles and teaching.

Highlights from Mr. Cooper's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Esquire!

On his dad:
"My father was viciously smart and intellectually curious. We lived across the street from a movie theater. And he would always talk about all these movies, and when I was at the age of being able to appreciate them, he just started throwin' 'em my way. He was a huge Tom Courtenay fan. Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner was one of the first ones he showed me. And The Dresser. And Under the Volcano. He loved Albert Finney."

On motorcycles:
"I love the focus aspect of it. And you get everywhere fast because you can split lanes in California. And in Hollywood, there's so much paparazzi, it's just logistically phenomenal. Because you're anonymous. You have a helmet on your head."

On his self-cleaning body:
"I think you have to define 'self-cleans.' But yeah, I don't use deodorant really anymore. I do take a lot of showers, so maybe that helps."

On teaching in grad school:
"There was this thing called Learning Through an Expanded Arts Program. You have a semester curriculum, and you teach a trade in the New York public-school system. I had about six schools on the roster. I was taking acting classes and I was in these workshops taught by Ellen Burstyn, and I would take exactly what she did and use it to teach sixth graders at P.S. 123 in the Bronx or Queens."

Photo Credit: Cliff Watts for Esquire