Why Bradley Cooper Begged J.J. Abrams to Write Him Out of Alias at the Start of His Career

PEOPLE.com | 1/17/2019 | Staff
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Long before Bradley Cooper received rave reviews for his directorial debut A Star Is Born, the actor starred in the popular series Alias.

Cooper, 44, starred as Will Tippin, a journalist and friend of Jennifer Garner‘s Sydney Bristow. The actor admitted in a 2013 interview with GQ that as excited as he was for the opportunity, he gradually grew frustrated as his role began to shrink over seasons.

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“I would only work three days a week,” he explained at the time. “And then for the second season, I got even more sidelined. I was like, ‘Ugh.’ And then, the next thing you know, I was like, ‘I want to f—— kill myself.‘”

Against the advice of those closest to him, Cooper asked the show’s creator, J.J. Abrams, to write him out of the show.

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“J.J. was like, ‘Okay,'” Cooper recalled. “He probably would’ve fired me, anyway.”

Shortly after speaking with Abrams, he...
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