Case in point: We've got an exclusive clip to show you from the actor's next film, The Place Beyond the Pines, a gritty drama from Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance.
Cooper plays a rookie cop in upstate New York who gets entangled with Luke (Ryan Gosling), a local carnival motorcycle performer turned bank robber trying to provide for his girlfriend (Gosling's real-life love Eva Mendes) and their baby.
In the clip, Cooper unexpectedly drops by Mendes' house to give her a wad of cash.
We don't want to spoil things by telling you too many details, but Mendes refuses the money and drives off after berating Cooper with a tirade full of F-bombs.
Pines opens in New York and Los Angeles on March 29, followed by a wider release in April.
Take a look at the clip and let us know what you think. Leave your comments below.