Washington, Nov 9: Bradley Cooper has revealed that he almost turned down the "Sexiest Man Alive" title by People magazine, after his crowning spawned outrage from devastated Ryan Gosling fans, and protestors even picketed the magazine's offices in New York City.
"It was brutal," ABC News quoted him as saying.
"I really did think it was joke. I thought Dax Shepard [Cooper's friend and star of the TV series, 'Parenthood'] did it. Then I thought, 'People aren't going to like that.' I really thought that.
"I thought, 'This isn't a good thing,' and I went, 'Do I have to do it? Can I say no?' They're like, yeah, you could, but be thankful,' and I said OK, OK," he said.
Despite the controversy it raised, Cooper joked he petitioned to make the "Sexiest Man Alive" title a two-year reign.
"That's what I was hoping for," he said.
"Like Bloomberg. I just feel like, why not? I think honestly it makes everyone feel better that, 'If this guy is the sexiest, then I am doing well'," he added. (ANI)