Kennedy, who is bipolar and a recovering addict, dubbed Cooper “one of the greatest young actors of our time.” In a booming voice, the former congressman said, “I thank God, at this time in the discussion, we have a movie out that begins to humanize these illnesses by addressing them as you and me, as mom and dad, as brother and sister.”
The 38-year-old entertainer, donning a dark gray suit and navy tie, told the crowd, “If I can do one thing, it is to raise awareness, because I was ignorant before I did this movie.”
The “Hangover” star said, “I got to experience what those who suffer from mental illness experience by playing this character.”
Cooper called being an actor a “noble profession” — the same language he used to describe politicians in a TV interview last year.
When asked in October by “Entertainment Tonight” if he would run for public office, Cooper, a Pennsylvania native, replied, “I don’t know. I think it’s a very noble profession.”