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Bradley Cooper to Play the Elephant Man

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Bradley Cooper arrives at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Sunset Tower on February 26, 2012 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Bradley Cooper is more than just a pretty face: He can inhabit a famously deformed one, too. The Williamstown Theater Festival announced today that Cooper will play the lead in their theatrical production of Bernard Pomerance's 1977 play, The Elephant Man, which will be directed by Scott Ellis and co-star Patricia Clarkson. It's not Cooper's first crack at John Merrick, the deformed Victorian-era character who was also the subject of David Lynch's 1980 film The Elephant Man; in fact, a young Cooper played that role for his senior thesis at acting school. Take that, Gosling.

Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/2012 Getty Images