There have been rumors that Bradley Cooper scored five million dollars to star in the sequel to his breakout film, The Hangover, but you honestly wouldn’t know it, given his fondness for freebies.


When we caught up with him while he was promoting his new film, Limitless, he was lounging on a couch in the Trump Soho Hotel with a backpack by his feet. The logo on the bag looked familiar. We asked if it was from one of his other recent films.


“The A-Team? Yeah, I love it. It’s the greatest. You wanna see it?” Cooper says, excitedly pulling it over so that we can take a look at the military grade sack with the logo from last year’s summer blockbuster, in which Cooper also starred, emblazoned on the front.


“All I wear is stuff from movies,” he confesses of the free promotional items from major studio films like, well, almost every film he’s been in lately.


“I went to the airport one time and I had a Yes Man carry-on bag that I used until it basically fell apart, and a He’s Just Not That Into You parka. I always wear the A-Team hat and backpack. And uh, yeah. It makes me look like an idiot.”

Many would find that hard to imagine, considering Cooper is the leading man in Limitless, as a struggling writer who suddenly becomes a power player once he stumbles on a drug that allows him access to his brain’s fullest potential.

The immediate success that the fictional drug, NZT, brings his character in the film to mirror Cooper’s own fast shot to fame, though he did so without any kind of chemical aid. We had to ask: do the most famous actors and actresses become successful because they’re truly the best at what they do?

“Isn’t it like what Oprah said? Luck is opportunity meets preparation,” Cooper says.