Why Bradley Cooper Is Hollywood's Coolest Leading Man Ever

by Raphael Chestang 5:01 PM PST, January 13, 2015
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After his roles in Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, Bradley Cooper solidified himself as one of Hollywood's most in-demand leading men. But it's not just his movies that make him so loveable.

We've collected the top three reasons why we love Bradley.

PICS: Bradley Cooper Goes Nude for W Mag

3. The Eye Candy. The 40-year-old actor, who was honored for his portrayal of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle in American Sniper, recently stripped down for W Magazine's special "Movie Issue." In the spread, Bradley shields his nude body by holding a pair a cream-colored slacks over his legs and a matching jacket flung over his shoulder. "It was his idea -- the whole thing," said American Sniper co-star Sienna Miller. "We just kind of put that together and slicked my hair back and put white paint on my body because I shaved my whole body for The Elephant Man so we thought, 'Why not do something with it?'" Bradley explained to ET's Nischelle Turner, referring to the Broadway play he's starring in through Feb. 15.

2. The Passion. Bradley will do anything for his art. As a producer on the Clint Eastwood-directed American Sniper, it took him two years to bring the real-life story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle to the big screen. Bradley beefed up for the part, too, gaining 40 pounds. In July, he spoke to ET about his new diet, revealing that he ate 5,000 calories a day. "I had a realistic conversation," Bradley told Vanity Fair. "Can I do this in three months naturally? Can I gain 30 pounds of fu**ing muscle? I didn't know if I would be able to do it or not. Thank God -- luckily -- my f**king body reacted fast."

1. The Sense of Humor. People's Sexiest Man Alive in 2011 also makes us laugh. Perhaps the best example is his viral video with Jimmy Fallon in which Bradley impressed The Tonight Show audience and The Roots with his air guitar skills. In the video, Bradley strums along to Neil Young's "Down by the River" while wearing a visor and gigantic afro. Watch the video for more!

American Sniper opens everywhere Jan. 16.