Bradley Cooper Recalls Being Held Up at Knifepoint on a New York City Subway

Bradley Cooper opened up about the time he was held at knifepoint in New York City.

The actor talked about the scary incident on Dax Shephard’s podcast, Armchair Expert.

Cooper said back in 2019 he was on his way to pick up his daughter and took the subway. “It was pretty insane. I realized I had gotten way, way too comfortable in the city. My guard was down… I was all the way at the end of the subway. Innately, I would just go all the way down to the end. I felt somebody coming up. I thought, Oh they want to take a photo or something. As I turned, I’m up against the post like it’s the French Connection … and I turned. I looked down and I see a knife.”

He added that “I have my headphones on the whole time. I can’t hear anything. I’m just listening to music. So it’s scored, the whole thing was scored. I can’t remember [what I was listening to]. I look up, I see the person’s eyes, and I’m taken by how young they are.”

That’s when he took off. “I just started booking, just started running. I jumped over the turnstile, hid around the white, tiled entrance to the subway [and] took my phone out. He jumped over, running away. I took a photo of him. Then I chased him up the stairs. He started running up 7th Avenue. I took two more photographs of him.”

After Cooper ran into two police officers and told them what happened, he got back on the subway and picked up his daughter.

(PROFANITY WARNING:  You can listen to the podcast here, from 06:27 to 09:55.)

Editorial credit: Andrea Raffin