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Bradley Cooper Wants 'Elephant Man' On Broadway

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Bradley Cooper's shirtless, hairless run in "The Elephant Man" at the Williamstown Theatre Festival just ended, and the actor tells E! Online he's ready to take the production to Broadway.

Speaking to Marc Malkin at the premiere of his new comedy, "Hit And Run," Cooper said:

"We're going to try to do it on Broadway next fall. We're going to try to nail it down and do a limited run."

The Williamstown Theatre Festival, which closes this weekend in Williamstown Mass., prides itself on functioning as a regional feeder to Broadway. In a prepared statement, director Jenny Gersten called "The Elephant Man" a "season highlight," but stated "there is nothing confirmed beyond that at this point."

Gersten told the Huffington Post during a phone interview that she happened on the news, but she wasn't surprised. "When [Cooper] was here in the production, he said, 'I really am interested in this play. I want to keep doing it.'"

At the request of the playwright Bernard Pomerance, only local critics were allowed to review the Williamstown performance, and Cooper scored high. "To watch Cooper and [co-star Patricia] Clarkson work together has to be one of the great moments of the storied Williamstown Theatre Festival," wrote critic Larry Murray of Berkshire On Stage. The Advocate called his prosthetics-free depiction of Merrick's disfigured state "wondrous." We'll have to see how he's treated once he takes to center stage.

Cooper previously appeared on Broadway in the 2006 production of "Three Days of Rain." His latest movie, "Hit And Run," will be released on Aug. 22, 2012.

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