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Bradley Cooper Talks About Battling Addiction

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It's been more than a decade since Bradley Cooper has been clean and is out of his addiction. Gracing the cover of Vanity Fair, Bradley Cooper says he had to gain weight naturally, without supplements, to portray a Navy Seal in Clint Eastwood's new movie, 'American Sniper'.

The star, who plays the real-life hero Chris Kyle in 'American Sniper', said he feared his past struggles with addiction would come back to haunt him if he started popping pills.

"I did it naturally because I've been sober for 10 years and didn't want to do anything. "I had a realistic conversation: 'Can I do this in three months naturally? Can I gain 30 pounds of muscle?' I didn't know if I would be able to do it or not. Thank God, luckily, my body reacted fast," he said to the magazine in the interview about his body seen in the upcoming biopic.

The Academy Award nominee is creating a lot of Oscar buzz for his performance in American Sniper. Gracing the cover of Vanity Fair, Bradley's pose reminded us of Sean Connery playing pool in 1962's cover of the magazine.

Bradley Cooper Vaniy Fair

Courtesy: Vanity Fair/Sam Jones

Bradley Cooper was broken when he lost his father and struggled hard to come back stronger and better. He told contributing editor of the magazine, Buzz Bissinger, "Losing someone close to me. Going through love and loss . . . knowing what's important."

Bradley Cooper has been sober since August of 2004 which means that he has traditionally worked hard to build himself for the role in American Sniper.

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