Playing the dark character of a freelance photographer who tries to track down a serial killer was a departure from Cooper's previous comedic roles and an experience he found enjoyable. offers the most interesting variation on an old standard, playing his aggressive, cocky frat boy with a snarl of rage that masks an anxiety as hard to account for as it is to miss." Nevertheless, Cooper stated in a 2011 interview with Shave: "It's the same.The film received positive reviews from critics, though it earned little at the box office. I mean, look, more doors have been opened for sure, but it's not like I sit back with a cigar on Monday morning and go through the scripts that have been offered." Cooper appeared in the ensemble romantic comedy Valentine's Day (2010), directed by Garry Marshall, co-starring with Julia Roberts.He found greater success with the romantic comedy-drama Silver Linings Playbook (2012), the black comedy crime film American Hustle (2013), and the biopic American Sniper (2014).For his work in these films, Cooper was nominated for Academy Awards—two for Best Actor, one for Best Supporting Actor, and one for Best Picture.Cooper played a rookie police officer, a role Cianfrance specifically wrote for him.The director drove five hours to Montreal to meet with Cooper to convince him to take on the role.Cianfrance described Cooper's character as someone "paraded as a hero ...But inside him corruption is going on, conflict is raging inside, guilt and shame are buried." A writer from The Independent credited Cooper for "excelling as an archetype, the principled man who is personally rather dislikeable", adding, "I never imagined this actor capable of such layered character work." Cooper starred with Robert De Niro and Jennifer Lawrence in David O.
In 2014, he portrayed Joseph Merrick in a Broadway revival of The Elephant Man, garnering a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play.I prided myself in taking whatever was in the fridge and turning it into lasagna." Cooper says that his parents were initially apprehensive of his career choice, but they eventually changed their perceptions when they saw Cooper play the part of Joseph Merrick in an excerpt from the play The Elephant Man.Cooper's cinematic debut came in the ensemble comedy Wet Hot American Summer (2001), a film that takes place at a fictional summer camp in 1981.Cooper appeared in Forbes Celebrity 100 on two occasions and Time list of 100 most influential people in the world in 2015.
Cooper enrolled in the MFA program at the Actors Studio, New York City in 2000.
His career began with a guest role in the television series Sex and the City in 1999 and his film debut came two years later in Wet Hot American Summer.