Bradley Cooper Shocks Spike Lee by Revealing He Once Auditioned for Him: ‘You Got Me Out Quick’

“You get a chance to read for Spike Lee, you’re never going to forget that,” Cooper says

Bradley Cooper dropped a bomb of a revelation on director Spike Lee Saturday, revealing that 10 years ago, he auditioned for Lee… and that Lee ushered him out of the room “quick.”

“You get a chance to read for Spike Lee, you’re never going to forget that,” Cooper told the audience during a panel discussion at the Directors Guild Theater. The story seemed to have stunned Lee, who jumped to his feet with excitement.

“You said ‘Hello, how are you?’ You asked me about Philly, you did the thing and you got me out quick,” Cooper recalled. “You were going hard. You’re a very present human being.”

Lee was discussing casting process when Cooper interjected with his story about the  first time he auditioned for Lee.

Asked by Lee how many rejections he faced before landing a role, Cooper said, “thousands.”

The panel also included “Vice” director Adam McKay, “Green Book” director Peter Farrelly, and “Roma” director Alfonso Cuaron. It was moderated by Jeremy Kagan.

Watch the full exchange below.