Vote for Bradley Cooper?

Bradley Cooper is gaining Oscar buzz for his portrayal of real-life Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in the movie “American Sniper,” but there’s another role he’s unsure he’ll take: politician.

When asked by ITK at Tuesday night’s Washington premiere of the Clint Eastwood-directed film whether he would ever consider a political run, the 40-year-old actor replied with a laugh, “For me?” As his chuckle faded, he wouldn’t rule the possibility out, saying, “I don’t know.”

“That’s another job that’s tremendously — you know you’re putting yourself at service. It’s an admirable position.”


The politically active entertainer — who told Howard Stern last week that he helped arrange President Obama’s healthcare push on the Funny or Die series, “Between Two Ferns,” — got up-close and personal with a flesh and blood political VIP at the premiere at the U.S. Naval Memorial in downtown Washington. Vice President Biden, in a surprise appearance, chatted Cooper up and patted him on the back.

“He’s great,” Cooper said of the veep, when we pressed him for details of their convo.

Cooper plays Kyle, the most lethal sniper in the nation’s history, in the drama, which opens in theaters nationwide on Friday. As Kyle’s widow, Taya Kyle, was introduced to the crowd, Biden was the first member of the audience seen rising to his feet for a standing ovation. Biden stayed for the entire film, leaving as the credits rolled.

Cooper said at the D.C. premiere that the film could send a message to Congress that “these vets need help.”

“Because of the advancement of medical technology, people aren’t dying,” Cooper said. “They’re coming home, and we need to take care of them.”