Bradley Cooper Went Full-Frontal in ‘Nightmare Alley’ and Said It Was a “Big Deal”

Photo credit: Kevork Djansezian - Getty Images
Photo credit: Kevork Djansezian - Getty Images

Guillermo del Toro’s new noir film Nightmare Alley is coming out right in time for awards season, and apparently Bradley Cooper casually does some full-frontal nudity in it. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the script called for Bradley “to bare his body—full-frontal and partial backside” during a scene that involves his character in a bathtub and “engaging in a sexual act with Toni Collette’s character.”

This is the first time Bradley’s done full-frontal nudity onscreen, and he called the experience “a big deal.”

“I remember reading in the script and thinking, He’s a pickled punk in that bathtub and it’s to story. You have to do it,” Bradley told THR. “I can still remember that day just to be naked in front of the crew for six hours, and it was Toni Collette’s first day. It was just like, ‘Whoa.’ It was pretty heavy.” He also noted that he didn’t push back on the full-frontal scene “because there was nothing gratuitous about it. It was to story.”

In case you haven’t heard much about Nightmare Alley, it’s a psychological thriller that takes place at a carnival and stars Bradley along with Toni Collette and Cate Blanchett. And FYI, the Hollywood Reporter also notes that Bradley isn’t the only actor in a movie this year to do full-frontal. Benedict Cumberbatch and Simon Rex are right there with him this awards szn!

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