Bradley Cooper - Bradley Cooper uses internet to control ego

Bradley Cooper reads negative things about him on the internet to stay grounded.

The 'Silver Linings Playbook' star - who received an Oscar nomination for his performance in the movie - doesn't need to be online long before the things he reads about himself extinguish any ego he may be getting about being a movie star.

He said: ''Maybe if you start feeling a little too big for your britches, hop on the internet and take a look at some message boards for five seconds. It's not something I do often, but if you do, It'll take you right back down. Oh, my, God! First of all, let's be honest: It's incredibly narcissistic to do that and masochistic. You want to feel s***ty about yourself. Boom - it's easy. To me this business [acting] is the ultimate humbling experience. You're constantly dealing with rejection. My journey has not been people kissing my ass.''

Bradley also likes his agent to be as realist and brutal with him as necessary.

The 38-year-old actor - who was named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive in 2011 - insists he can only become better at his craft if he listens to criticism.

Speaking in the new issue of Details magazine, he said: ''He doesn't have to bulls**t me. He can call me after I meet with a director and say, 'He hated you. Says you can't act.' Or I'll try to get a meeting with a director and he'll be like, 'he's not a fan. He doesn't even want to see you.' It stings, but it doesn't debilitate me. I also know that people change their opinions too.''


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