Two factors appeared today in Bradley Cooper‘s favor: (a) He’ll be costarring with Ryan Gosling in a Derek Cianfrance drama called The Place Beyond the Pines, which’ll begin filming on 7.25 in upper New York State; (b) it was revealed that he’s fluent in French.

Do these counterbalance Cooper’s work in The Hangover Part II, The A-Team and All About Steve? No. But like those who play piano and can quote Shakespeare at length, I’ve always been impressed by French-speakers. Others in this small Hollywood fraternity include Oliver Stone, Todd McCarthy and Sharon Waxman.