Bradley Cooper: Lady Gaga is ‘is kind of a revelation’ in A Star is Born

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Is it just me, or does it seem like we’ve been talking about the latest remake of A Star is Born for ages? Well the wait is almost over. Bradley, who wrote and directed the musical drama, shared the trailer during the Warner Bros. panel at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

The 42-year-old actor used the eventto generate hype for the eagerly-awaited project, set to hit theaters on October 5. The release was moved back from May, as the studio thinks this one might get a little Oscar love.

The story has been told three times before, once in 1937 with Janet Gaynor and Frederic March, in 1954 with Judy Garland and James Mason and in 1976 with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. Who better to fill the shoes of legendary divas like Babs and La Garland than Lady Gaga? This film marks her first leading role in a movie, after brief appearances in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and Machete Kills. Bradley had nothing but praise for his co-star, telling the crowd that, “She’s kind of a revelation in this movie.” His current sentiments echo what he told Ellen De Generes last year.

This film is a passion project of sorts for Bradley, having spent three years making it. He told the CinemaCon audience that, “It’s a big swing, this movie. I totally get that. You can’t control what moves you. You can’t contrive or manufacture something that moves you. This project was always around. It always stayed with me.”

Taking a cue from the 1976 version, this retelling has a country music focus. In addition to his writing and directing duties, the actor also had to learn to sing. And, despite early reports that he couldn’t carry a tune to save his life, he credits Gaga for helping him find his inner crooner. During the shoot, the two performed together on stage at the Stagecoach and Coachella music festivals and Bradley even introduced Kris Kristofferson at England’s Glastonbury festival last year. He added that singing solo on stage was “the scariest thing.” Gaga pushed for them to sing live in the movie. As Bradley recalled,

“When I approached her for it, she said, ‘Well, we’re going to sing live.’ And I was like, ‘Well, you’ll sing live because I don’t sing.’ And she said, ‘No, no. What I can’t stand in the movies is when you see that it’s playback and they’re lip-syncing to it. No, we’re going to sing live.’ And deep down, I sort of knew we were going to have to do that, and luckily, I had time and I had wonderful support.”

Bradley said Gaga helped him overcome his fears in exchange for acting pointers. As he noted, “She said ‘You’re going to become a musician and you’re going to make me as comfortable as you can onscreen. It was a good barter.”

From the reaction to the trailer, it seems the hard work Bradley and Gaga put into this movie might just have paid off. Twitter users who caught the trailer jumped online and shared their positive impressions.

Since the trailer isn’t posted online yet, watch the one for the Streisand version if you want to familiarize yourself with the plot – it also allowed me to post Carol Burnett’s hilarious parody, with the late Glen Campbell as the Kris to her Babs. I’ve seen all three previous versions of A Star is Born, and I can’t wait to see this one.

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  1. Snazzy says:

    Somehow this doesn’t surprise me. I know she can be annoying, but I always got the feeling she was extremely talented, and that we didn’t see enough of that talent because often enough fame doesn’t require it.

    • Mama says:

      I think she’s shown how talented she is over and over. There are tons of performances that prove this.

    • Kitten says:

      Can’t stand her buy my god the woman can sing. Truly talented.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I was always impressed with the way she changes her songs when she performs them live to add emotional nuance. I think this skill could apply easily to acting. I think if she drops the artifice and can ground it in sincerity, she could be a really great actress.

      I haven’t watched AHS, but from what I gather,that show is pretty stylized.

  2. Lucy2 says:

    She has a great voice, but this just isn’t getting my interest quite yet.
    Also, if you can’t sing, why would you cast yourself in a musical? Why not hire someone who CAN sing?

    • Bev says:

      Why not? Have you seen the version with Barbara Streisand? Kris Kristofferson was cast, and that guy can’t sing his way out of a paper bag. He may be a good songwriter, but he certainly can not sing.

  3. Ashley says:

    I’ve always liked the original with Gaynor and Marche.I’ve never seen the Streisand version and thought the Garland version was the best version of the star and March the best version of the washed up star.

  4. naomipaige says:

    Still not interested. Cannot stand this chick.

  5. Jayna says:

    Her face is odd from the filler, etc. I wonder if it will be distracting for two hours on the big screen. I love the Steisand movie.

  6. Crackfox says:

    Of course she’s going to be phenomenal at the singing, but I never saw want was so great about her acting. I didn’t see Sin City, but I thought she was playing her self in Machete (did she even have lines in that movie? I can’t remember) and AHS:Hotel. Even in the horror story season where she played the witch, I felt she was just doing all the weird stuff she does on stage. None of her roles were much of a stretch from the Lady Gaga character. Hopefully, this will be different but don’t have much interest in seeing it. I’ll wait until is on demand so I can see Shangela’s performance!

    • Artemis says:

      I forgot Shangie is in this! Literally the only reason why I would check this out but why bother when the gay community will surely screencap, gif, rip her performance and put it online? And provide her lines as well lol. This film is blessed and saved by this queen’ s presence. The true star that was born, halleloo! She should make a film about her rise on RPDR. It has everybody from drama, humour, fashion, music and dance…

  7. Ozogirl says:

    I am a fan of both of them, but this movie doesn’t interest me. I have a feeling it’s going to BOMB big time.

  8. Artemis says:

    I think it’s gonna bomb too. BC has never been a movie star and although they’re hyping this film and BC’s directing skills, you never really know if he’s truly good anf what the audience will think. When it’s a man trying something new, the bar is always set unessecarily high.

    As for LG, she’s starring in a film that’s been done 3x with iconic performers in a time where Movie stars mattered. She’s an OTT pop star well past her peak who people get tired off quickly once she smells success and attention and goes in theatre kid mode again.

    I don’t like her or BC and I can watch the other iconic films if I want to see ASIB, who asked for a remake of this anyway?

    • Melanie says:

      Bradley has multiple Oscar nominations, respect from A-list people in the industry and hugely successful films. What else does he need to be a movie star?

  9. Ebi says:

    I can’t wait to see this movie. My husbands a musician and always dismissed Lady Gaga – until he heard her sing, play piano and found out she travels with a live band. We watched 5’2 and were impressed with her work ethic and determination to always give 110%.

  10. bobslaw says:

    How about this: “She IS a revelation”. No qualifier needed. Bugs me to hell and back when people say “she’s just….” or “she’s kind of….” She IS or she isn’t. Don’t downplay it.

  11. KHC says:

    Hoping this will be a fantastically entertaining bomb.

  12. Case says:

    I’d believe it. She’s a talented woman. Grating at times, but extremely talented.

    And yes, it does feel like we’ve been talking about this film forever.

  13. JennyJenny says:

    Watching the Streisand version trailer with Kris Kristofferson……
    My forever crush. He was the SEXIEST man alive then.