Bradley Cooper 'Owns' The Elephant Man on Broadway, Critics Say

December 8, 2014 12:43 PM

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Bradley Cooper 'Owns' The Elephant Man on Broadway, Critics Say

PEOPLE's 2011 Sexiest Man Alive is making a serious play for dominance in 2014: His voiceover performance in Guardians of the Galaxy wrung a surprising amount of pathos from the role of a gun-toting space raccoon, his performance in American Sniper is already garnering Oscar buzz, and he's starring in playwright Bernard Pomerance's The Elephant Man, which officially opened on Broadway Sunday night.

Unlike John Hurt in director David Lynch's 1980 movie about the life of Joseph "John" Merrick, actors playing the real-life role on the stage do so without prosthetics, and tradition has so far held that those actors are typically handsome leading men: David Bowie, Billy Crudup and Mark Hamill have ...

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