If you’re like me and you never made it to the theater to see American Hustle because you only received one set of movie tickets for Christmas and you wasted them on Wolf of Wall Street, here’s a synopsis: the trailer was better than the movie and the movie was just like Ocean’s Eleven but with Jennifer Lawrence. The best thing about American Hustle is that it was released in French-speaking countries with a slightly different title of American Bluff. (Beyonce’s song probably wouldn’t have been such a hit if it went, “a diva is the female version of a bluffer,” but maybe the French would have liked it?) I don’t speak French, so why do I think this is so great? Because, you know who does speak French? Bradley Cooper.
Bradley’s mastery of the French language is not new information, but it doesn’t get caught on camera quite as often as those of us who fantasize about eating a baguette with him at the foot of the Eiffel Tower would like. Fortunately, BMF TV of France interviewed him on the red carpet in the national language. Since the only French I learned came from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, I’ll trust Refinery29′s translation. The video begins with him complimenting movie director David O. Russell, calling him “almost a best friend.” (I would like Bradley Cooper to call me that, in any language he wants.) Even knowing he must be wowing all his fans back at home, he keeps his ego in check by insisting he hadn’t predicted an Oscar win. He also mentions the hairstyles worn in the film – which I understand were quite the sight – and the camaraderie among the cast. Which in French is probably an even cooler word.
Since I couldn’t understand the interview, I spent most of it enjoying the sounds Bradley’s mouth was making and imagining him holding a cigarette and a glass of red wine in his hands (isn’t that like, super French?) below the camera. I did recognize one word: when he thanked the interviewer at the end. No, Bradley. Merci to you.