It was a bright, warm Friday



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. Read more in