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Bradley Cooper Parle Tres Bien le Francais

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 3, 2011 at 8:24AM

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).
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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.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.