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Bradley Cooper has had a story to tell for a long time – about fame, addiction, his relationship with his dad.
The stars adjusted when he was given the chance to control his first movie In Cooper's film, there is still history's main architecture. A famous musician falls for a regular girl with a magic voice and makes her a star, while his own problems come to the surface. The most famous version is the 1976 movie with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.
For Cooper, it's not just a story of personal resonance – it's become more challenging that Cooper is playing a musician , a guy named Jackson Maine, opposite the character Ally, played by Lady Gaga.
Working with Lady Gaga
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I knew nothing about her. I did not even know what she was looking before I met her. And I was – I could not believe how comfortable she made me feel, and how present she was – is. And then we went to the piano and sang, and it was this kind of wonderful thing. I could not believe it.
So that was the start of the trip. And the first time we sang together – everything is alive. we sing everything live in the movie – oh yeah, there's nothing, we're not lip sync. And I turned to Lady Gaga, who sang next to me, and she looked at me like Jackson Maine. And when you're in a scene and the actor totally believes you're the character, you can not believe it yourself. So that she really gave me that confidence.
On mining "the deepest parts of myself" to show the vulnerable broken character Jackson Maine
Cooper: I think I'm 40, and I've been a lot in my life, I could do it with joy. Because some people have asked me: It must have been difficult to go to these places? But strangely it was very therapeutic. … You know, I've had an interesting road, and I've treated similar things in my life. And I've observed it in others close to me, and –
Martin: You're talking about alcoholism, because this character is a big drinker.
Cooper: And addicted in general. And most importantly, when I wrote it and especially shooting it, I thought: Gosh, when this movie comes out (if it's coming out), I really want someone who knows deeply about this disease to say, "Yes, this is the reflection of how it is. "Not a blank version, but the real reality of what it's like to be an addict.
On the control of the culture due to new follow-up allegations of sexual harassment about Jon Peters who will no longer be recognized as a film producer)
With the This property has many writers who come before – if you see the final credits, there are 10 authors. And [Jon Peters] was part of it, I suppose the fatherless clause in the movie, and we had to get his consent to make the movie. When you're in the helm it's a big responsibility. And I suppose – I mean, first and foremost, on the set … you have to create an environment where everyone feels safe. All. And there is no room for disrespect, nothing. And it's something that you have to ask everyone involved, but it feels like the environment I created. Fortunately, Jon was not there. And if I had known all of these things, I would have done it differently. And I guess it's … I wanted to make the movie, I knew I had to get permission from him, otherwise there's no movie. But I should have checked. I guess that's the case.
How To Become A Parent Has Affected His Career
I've been open to a world of children's music, it's safe. … I spent about 15 years from movies to movies to movies. And then I hit 39 and I stopped and said, "What do I really want to do?" I want to tell Joseph Merrick's story in The Elephant Man . So I did it for a year.
Then this story came to me, A star was born, and then I spent the next four years. And the only thing I know in the future is: It's worth the time to spend, even if an artwork comes out of it for half a decade, it would still be incredible as long as I can feel it's the movie I wanted to do, which is this movie. So I suppose having a child and having my own family – which is a miracle and something I have always dreamed of – has opened me even more, I suppose, to the day and to be present.
The impact of his late father
In terms of this story, it's personal, has a lot to do with my father. My dad is working his way into my life every day. Fortunately, thank God, I still dream about him – he comes into my dreams. But there are many things in the movie that no-one else would know, but they were little things that I created to keep my father close, one of them was that our dog in the movie is called Charlie, which is my father's name …  Here is the other that connects Stefani [Germanotta, Lady Gaga’s given name] and me once that we were very much loved as a child. And when I meet people who have had the same upbringing, I can only see it in them. And that's what I want my daughter to have – I always want her to feel loved.
Noor Wazwaz and Danny Hajek produced and edited this interview for shipment. Patrick Jarenwattananon adapted it to the web.