Their faces grace the covers of national magazines, and heads turn when they walk down the street.
But this season, they threw themselves into revivals of two highly regarded plays, he as the physically afflicted title character in “The Elephant Man,” by Bernard Pomerance, and she as a schoolteacher in “Skylight,” by David Hare.
Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan, both Oscar-nominated film stars, are now both Tony Award nominees and are embracing the stage, even as they continue to manage Hollywood careers. “The Elephant Man,” which closed on Broadway in February at the end of a limited run, is transferring to London this summer; “Skylight,” which ran in London last year, is scheduled to play until June 21 in New York.
The two have never worked together, although they have had a number of cinematic near-misses: He auditioned, unsuccessfully, to portray her husband in “The Great Gatsby,” while she sought, also unsuccessfully, a role in “Silver Linings Playbook.” Ultimately, as show business would have it, they met through a shared publicist and have since become friends.