For every Jane Fonda or Jodie Foster who speaks French well, serving as American good-will ambassadors in France, there are a host of others who mangle the language the way the French expect us to--just as Robert DeNiro did this year, calling his fellow Cannes jury members champignons (mushrooms) instead of compagnons (companions).
Quel surprise, alors, to find Limitless star Bradley Cooper, 36, appearing on French television speaking the language quite well. He learned French during his studies abroad staying with a family in Provence. He calls the success of The Hangover Part II (in France, Very Bad Trip 2) a "miracle." Somehow I can't quite get over him calling Todd Phillips a "metteur en scene." Will there be a numero trois? Wait and see, he says.
Who does he admire? "Le roi" George Clooney. He's just trying to get better by working with good directors, he says.