Bradley Cooper Tries To Avoid Aniston Curse

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Actor is just not that into her, he promises.

Although Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Aniston were linked by reports back in May and had a cozy, late-night New York dinner together two weeks ago, he told the crowd at a Louis Vuitton menswear event in Paris that the two are just pals.

"She's a friend of mine. Simply, simply, just a friend," Cooper told fans and photographers in fluent French. (Swoon.) "If someone says 'hello' to her, it's given that he's fallen in love with her," he continued. "So, no. No. She's a very, very interesting woman, but she's simply a friend."

Even if there is something going on between the two (maybe she gave him the name of her colorist?), it's clever of Cooper to keep it close to his vest. There seems to be a pattern of horrible career misfortune that follows her exes: She dated Tate Donovan from 1995 to 1998, during which time he had a recurring role on Friends. After they broke up, his next jobs were a few voiceover roles and an uncredited part in the John Travolta movie Swordfish. It took him until 2003 to get back on network TV with The OC. Break Up Etiquette: Dividing Your Friends

Brad Pitt is the exception that proves the rule, because his 2005 film, the first one released after the couple announced their separation in January, was Mr. and Mrs. Smith. And that one did okay. But Aniston's next paramour was Vince Vaughn, whom she dated from mid-2005 to December 2006. His next headlining film, Fred Claus, topped out at a miserable $72 million. Then there’s John Mayer, just making a general ass of himself three months after their split.

So for Bradley, denying an Aniston relationship is an excellent career move. He's been doing dedicated work in supporting roles since 2001's Wet Hot American Summer, including roles in Alias and Wedding Crashers, and has just now hit it big with The Hangover. Dally with Aniston and he'll find himself in direct-to-DVD thrillers with Audrina Patridge. Good move, Cooper.

Via People. Photo courtesy of Splash News.