Bradley Cooper ‘Sexiest Man’ Backlash

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(By Breeanna Hare, CNN)

Those who thought Ryan Gosling was robbed of People magazine’s 2011 “Sexiest Man” title will be happy to know that the actual recipient of the honor, Bradley Cooper, sort of gets it.

While visiting the BBC’s “Graham Norton Show” last week, Cooper said he wasn’t wholly comfortable with the title himself.

“I’m finally at an age – I’m 36 years old – where I really don’t care about anything like that anymore, which is a wonderful thing. And then this happened, and I started to realize just how not sexy I am,” he joked.

“I have a lot of moments where I’ll be walking out, and I’ll open up the door and I’ll go, ‘I could do that a lot sexier.'”

But then, there was the outcry.

“This is so awful that I’m admitting this, but to hell with it,” Cooper said. “There was such a backlash when they announced it. And Ryan Gosling – who I love, I just did a movie with him, he’s the greatest — we were both in Paris this last week, and a friend of mine showed me photographs from the paparazzi. And when I say ‘friend,’ I mean me alone looking at a computer.”

Gosling, “he literally looks like he’s in a photo shoot, like he just came off the runway,” Cooper said, “and I literally look like the neighbor who never comes out of his house, and when he does you’re like, maybe you should just stay in.”

Cooper did get around to talking about a “Hangover III,” saying, “I personally want to do it. I hope we’re going to start shooting in September and I know Todd Phillips is working on a script. We adhered to the formula in the second one, and the third one, I think, which would close the whole trilogy, I think it’ll take place in Los Angeles and maybe not adhere to the structure.”

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