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'The Original Face Was A Pussy!'

So, what do we call you? Brad? Hangover-bloke? Face? Some other nickname?
Coop. I like being called Coop. My last name’s Cooper. I like it because my dad used to be called Coop. And I always wanted a handle, like a really cool handle, but I never had one. I was thinking we could go with Coop.

OK, Coop. In the TV show, Face was a proper ladies’ man. Is he still a lady killer in the new film?
Well, I don’t know if he’s an actual lady killer – that could be the sequel maybe – but definitely women are his downfall. It gets the team in trouble. Face’s love of women is almost child-like, in the sense he falls in love with every girl! It’s not, 'How many can I conquer?', it’s like, 'Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh.' He just keeps falling in love everywhere. But this Face is much grittier than the one on the TV show.

You’re ripped in The A-Team. Was it hard getting in shape?
It was a lot of hard work. I had this incredible physical training regime to get into the shape the director wanted. Because BA, played by Rampage Jackson, is a huge guy. And Liam Neeson, who plays Hannibal, is a big guy. And then there’s little Bradley Cooper – and this guy is part of this elite team? I’m glad he said, 'Brother, you’ve got to bulk up.'

What did you do?
Oh, f**k, diet was everything. I did 2000 calories a day – 2000 is nothing. No sugar, no salt, no flour. Then about two hours workout a day. Cardio and weights. Very concentrated, sometimes 15 minutes of interval training with no break in between. And that doesn’t include the military training, learning how to run with an M4 machine gun with 300 rounds of ammo on your body, and a 9mm Gloch. It was incredible.

Looks like it paid off…
I never thought it would be possible. Even if you have a soda, you’re screwed. If you cheat a little bit, you may as well just f**k it. At one point, they said, 'You can eat almonds,' so I was eating tons. Then I was like, 'I’ve been training for a month, my body hasn’t f**king changed at all. I’m going nuts.' My trainer said, 'How many almonds a day? Half a cup?' I was like, 'Half a cup? I eat a bag of almonds a day.' The fat I was putting into my body, I may as well have been eating three pizzas a day. When I cut that out, two weeks later my body had changed.

Are you still working out?
Not any more. The abs are gone! We were doing a photoshoot earlier and the guy was like, 'Take your jacket off' and I was like 'Errr… is this going to come out right when the movie does? Because they’re going to say it was all digitally-enhanced, with these little arms.'

The tank scene is awesome. Was that your idea?
Ha! Can you imagine? 'If I do this movie, here’s what I want: a tank to fall out of the sky, and I want to get up in the turret and shoot Reapers.' No, but it was amazing to shoot because I was really shooting that 50mm-caliber gun on the turret of the tank, it just happened to be on a sound stage. It was so loud, it was incredible. It’s a powerful piece of machinery.

The Hangover was ace. What was it like having that guy’s nuts all over you when he leaped out of the car boot, naked?
Having Ken Jeong’s balls and penis on my neck was very weird. He came up with that idea. He said, 'Hey Todd [Phillips – director], I would like to be naked,' and Todd was like, 'Yeah, sure, whatever.' What I didn’t realise was I’d end up with his testicles on my neck about 30 times and get, like, neck herpes from it.

Ha! So that’s the most awkward you’ve ever felt on set?
Well, I used to host this show Lonely Planet: Globe Trekker, and we’d go all over the world doing crazy sh*t, living in tents. We did one shot and I was like, 'Hey motherf**ker!' and I mooned one of the camera guys, and they were like 'Aarrgghh!' and I still had toilet paper hanging out of my butt! It was awful.

 

The A-Team is out this week

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