Why Bradley Cooper says he wanted to '$&@?-ing kill myself' filming Alias

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Dec 18, 2013, 9:44 AM EST

J.J. Abrams’ acclaimed sci-fi series Alias helped launch more than a few careers, but apparently it also made future megastar Bradley Cooper absolutely miserable.

Cooper co-starred in the hit 2001 spy series for the first two seasons as Sydney’s (Jennifer Garner) pal Will Tippin, a reporter who gets wrapped up in the spy shenanigans. But he surprisingly had his role reduced to recurring status, just popping up occasionally over the final few years.

The main reason he was essentially written off? He asked Abrams to do it, because he felt his character was being marginalized and he didn’t like Will’s direction going forward. Whoa.

He opened up about the experience in a recent interview with GQ:

“I would only work three days a week. And then for the second season, I got even more sidelined. I was like, ‘Ugh.’ And then next thing you know, I was like, ‘I want to f--king kill myself.’ … [After asking to be written off] … J.J. was like, ‘Okay.’ He probably would’ve fired me, anyway … At some point, you have to come to terms with ‘The business just doesn’t want you’, you know what I mean?”

You have to respect Cooper’s love of the craft, as a relative unknown (at the time) stuck to his guns and dropped out of the series due to creative differences. Despite a rough year or so after that, he obviously bounced back, and he's now an Oscar-nominated actor with some true megahits on his resume.

What did you think of Cooper’s exit from the series? Are you surprised at how things went down behind the scenes?

(Via The Huffington Post)