It was a bright, warm Friday afternoon in early May when a bleached-blond Matthew Modine was sighted in the lobby of the Ritz Carlton in Georgetown. “I took the train with him and he had a seersucker suit on,” Bradley Cooper leans over and whispers. He’s sitting, much more casually attired in a white jersey tee and chambray flat front trousers, in the hotel’s small but tall round conference room–it used to be a grain silo–and messing around with City Paper‘s cell-phone-sized Flip video camcorder.
Besides doing press interviews for his upcoming movie The Hangover, Cooper is in Washington for the White House Press Dinner–and maybe that’s why Modine is here, too. “He looks like a character out of some sort of Tuck Everlasting or something–you know that book?” He rubs his eyes–it’s late in the afternoon. “I don’t know where to put this,” he says about the Flip. “It’d be great to get a wide shot.” Actors are always aware of the camera and Cooper never forgets it’s there even though he seems like just a normal guy.