Bradley Cooper strips down for W's movie issue photoshoot inspired by David Hockney's art and the free love of the '70s

By Kelli Bender
Updated January 06, 2015 10:40 AM

Want to see more of American Sniper star Bradley Cooper? No problem.

The 40-year-old recently stripped down for W magazine’s movie issue. Inside, a slick-haired Cooper appears undressed against a white backdrop strategically holding a cream-colored suit over parts of his body.

The actor also appears shirtless on the cover of the issue, this time in a pair of white slacks with suspenders.

These revealing pictures are part of the a spread shot by Tim Walker that celebrates the best film performances of the past year. Over 30 celebrities were photographed for the feature – inspired by “the colorful, sun-drenched Los Angeles paintings and photographs of David Hockney” – including Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Chastain and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Cooper appears in the February issue for his performance in American Sniper, a biographical movie about the life of the Chris Kyle, the self-proclaimed most lethal sniper in U.S. military history.

“I had advantages in making a film about the Iraq war. On USO tours, I went to bases in the middle of nowhere in enemy territory,” Cooper says in W. “I was with the soldiers in their barracks, and I really got a sense of it. And, oddly, I had experience from having starred in The A-Team. I learned how to shoot guns for that film. After making it, an M-4 felt as comfortable to me as a tennis racquet.”