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Bradley Cooper is not not happy to be on the press tour for A Star Is Born, the More lyrics: “It takes a lot to change a man; hell, it takes a lot to try. may be a recovery meeting, following Ally on stage, a conversation about He was 12 when he saw The Elephant Man and knew right then he wanted to act. On Friday, Bradley Cooper bares his soul to worldwide movie audiences via A Star Is Each A Star Is Born features a different meet-cute for its lead characters. After Gaga told Cooper about her early days performing in drag bars in . in London, when Cooper was performing onstage in The Elephant Man. Bradley Charles Cooper (born January 5, ) is an American actor and filmmaker. He has At an early age, his father introduced him to films like The Elephant Man, After graduating from the academy in , Cooper studied at Villanova . The director drove five hours to Montreal to meet with Cooper to convince him.
He saw The Elephant Man movie when he was about 12, but instead of focusing on the actors or their characters, he honed in on director David Lynch's vision. And though Cooper went on to have a wildly successful acting career — starring in films like Silver Linings Playbook and American Sniper — his interest in directing never waned. He chose A Star Is Born — the classic film that was originally released inthen remade in and It tells the story of a doomed love affair between a leading man and the talented female performer whose career he helps to launch.
Cooper was drawn to the characters, but he also wanted more from the story. Cooper hopes that his version of the film presents a more rounded portrait of the iconic characters.
You get to explore the full human being. I just hear this guy from Philadelphia. So what voice could be wonderfully iconic without being geographically limited? And at some point I asked [my dialect coach] Where is Sam Elliott from? Because I can't quite place his accent and I had no idea he was from Sacramento, Calif. And then I learned that his mother is from Texas and was a huge influence on him, and so his voice — he has this accent that you can't quite place.
So it felt perfect for the character, and then the journey began — how the heck am I going to get that voice? How could I ever? So I just — it was just hours and hours and hours.
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We developed a whole series of exercises and then we would listen to tapes literally for hours and hours. We met four hours a day, five days a week for about six months steady. At first it was very difficult; actually I could only do it with my head down. And at night I would go to sleep and I felt like my esophagus was lowering into my chest.
I had to, like, forcefully do it, but then after a while it just became so natural and I could breathe and talk to you and do everything, live my life within that voice. And that was a hurdle that I was terrified I wasn't going to be able to get over.
On learning how to sing for his role in A Star is Born I had no idea how to breathe. I knew nothing about singing — nothing. It's such a difficult art form to sing in front of people, because you lose your breath right away when you're nervous. I had great teachers. Lukas Nelson [is] an incredible musician who I worked with — he and his band [Promise of the Real, worked with me for] hours and hours and hours and hours. I think it's because I was a good student and listened to great teachers [that] I was able to do it.
On performing songs in front of a live audience for the movie's opening scene, and needing pep talks from sound mixer Steve Morrow We went to real venues.
We went to Glastonbury music festival Both times I thought, "There's no way I'm going to be able to do this. I should just mouth it and I can record it later. The Glastonbury [scene] was, like, the last day of shooting almost and I said, "No, I'm going to forget the lyrics.
I'm just going to put the camera so you can't really see my face. I've heard you sing the song times. Just go do it. On suffering from an ear disorder as a kid, which helped him relate to his character's tinnitus and hearing loss I had a cholesteatoma in my ear drum when I was born, and I had tons of ear infections, and I had to have it removed.
Back then, they did a skin graft so they would actually cut a part of the skin around your ear rather than a synthetic piece that they would put on your ear drum.
And there was so much scar tissue that it never healed. So I've always had a hole in my ear drum. I could have easily lost my hearing in my right ear. All of those things were very present for me as a child, feeling ashamed, not being able to go in the pool with the other kids, all those types of things. So there was something I could really relate to.
Also, tinnitus, even though I don't have tinnitus, I certainly know what the ringing sounds like because when you have an ear infection it's very similar. It can be that similar tone. So I felt like, oh here's something I could really not act, but just completely dwell in. Lauren Krenzel and Seth Kelley produced and edited this interview for broadcast. Copyright Fresh Air.
To see more, visit Fresh Air. My guest, Bradley Cooper, did very well last week at the start of the movie awards season. His new film, "A Star Is Born," which he directed, co-wrote and stars in won three top awards from the National Board of Review - best director for Cooper, best actress for his co-star, Lady Gaga, and best supporting actor for Sam Elliott, who plays Cooper's brother. This is the fourth version of "A Star Is Born.
The premise of the story is similar in each. The leading man, a famous performer, discovers a performer who's incredibly talented but not considered conventionally beautiful. He launches her career. They fall in love. And as she becomes more famous, his drinking or drug use gets out of control, leading him on a downward spiral. In Cooper's version, he plays a guitarist and singer famous enough to perform in big arenas.
Lady Gaga plays a singer-songwriter whose music career consists of performing once a week at a bar, which is where he discovers her. Let's start with the first time he invites her to share the stage with him. The song they're singing is called "Shallow. As Ally, singing Tell me something, boy.
Aren't you tired trying to fill that void, or do you need more? Ain't it hard keeping it so hardcore? In all the good times I find myself longing for change, and in the bad times I fear myself.
I'm off the deep end. Watch as I dive in. I'll never meet the ground. Crash through the surface where they can't hurt us. We're far from the shallow now. As Ally and Jack, singing In the shallow, in the sha-sha-la-la-la-low phin the shallow, we're far from the shallow now. And my gosh, congratulations on the National Board of Review awards - best director, best actress, best supporting actor. And I'll preface this by saying the Judy Garland version with James Mason is one of my favorite films.This Lucky Jersey Girl Got To Meet Bradley Cooper
Outside of a few, like, cringy moments in it, it's just laughter a spectacular movie. First of all, thank you for having me again. It seems like an odd choice to do this movie. And I agree with you. And I grew up - you couldn't help but feel the reverberations of the Barbra Streisand-Kris Kristofferson movie. And I was born in ' And, you know, it was just such an iconic, visual, sonic film.
So - and then I've always wanted to be a director. It was what David Lynch was doing. And so I would always spend all my time as much as I could and editing rooms and shadowing directors and asking crewmembers questions and learning about lenses. And so I did start to think about stories I wanted to tell. And I wanted to examine things cinematically, stories about relationships.
What happens if a man and a woman or anybody - they fall in love and love each other? And there's no infidelity. And still, how hard it is to endure, given, you know, the plight of life. What it is to find your voice as a human being, your identity within this world. All of these things - these were things I thought that I could potentially examine cinematically. And it was like hitting me like a ton of bricks that this structure of the property of "A Star Is Born" could facilitate all of that.
And the wonderful weapon in order to do that authentically is that your two main characters are going to have to sing. And you cannot hide when you sing. That's how it all started.
So in your version, your character has heard Lady Gaga's character sing "La Vie En Rose" at a gay bar that has Friday night drag night. And from what I've heard you say, you decided you really wanted to cast Lady Gaga after seeing her perform "La Vie En Rose" at a benefit.
And so is that why you put it in the film, because you loved Her performance of it? Two reasons - one that - and I love that song. And I love the way she performs that song. And the other thing is that's actually how I first saw her in that way.
When you co-write something and something is personal, I mean, it's rampant throughout the entire film.
Anything I could do to make it as real as possible for me or the other actors so we don't have to act, it's actually something very real and old and deep within us that we have a lived experience or a memory or an emotion attached to it in a real way that we don't even have to manifest but can utilize for this story to me is gold.
Why - she can just sing "La Vie En Rose. So I thought, well, they're all doing covers. It's a drag show. And she's covering "La Vie En Rose. Let's hear a little bit of that. When your character first sees the Lady Gaga character sing, he's stumbled into this bar. And she's going to sing "La Vie En Rose.
As Ally, singing in French. One of the basics of the story of "A Star Is Born," of all the versions, is that the man performer is kind of on the way down, and the woman performer who he helps discover and turn into a star is on her way up. And that creates a lot of tension between them. Also, the guy's always addicted to something - cocaine for Kris Kristofferson, alcohol for James Mason and Fredric March.
And those things apply in your version, too. I'm wondering if you wanted to change anything about the gender politics of the story. You know, it really came from a place of, what interests me? What kind of story am I excited enough about to investigate, to spend all the time and energy that it takes in order to do something like this, which for me was about four years?
The thing that always amazed me is how much - how I could feel so much for the James Mason character when the movie has told me literally nothing about him. And the only thing we really learned by - at the end of the movie is the studio head tells the publicist, you know, you have no idea what a good man he was, you know?
But other than that, I don't know if he was married, where he's from. I know nothing about the guy. I knew right away I wanted to explore where these characters come from for the audience to know. What is their family situation? Who could potentially be siblings, parents, parental figures, how that would work into their makeup as to where they are today in the world that we meet them.
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And I always wanted to meet the female character after the ingenue stage. Because I just think about people that I know and what it's like to be through this business. I'm much more interested in somebody who's 31 who has a magical, God-given talent, and they haven't been able to quite allow that to flourish for many reasons.
I also was interested in somebody who had success early and found their voice early but had never had the ability to cultivate the rest of their world. And now they're - they find themselves at And they only have one thing. And they can't live off of that anymore. And so these were two characters I was very interested in. Well, why don't we take a short break here, and then we'll talk some more?
If you're just joining us, my guest is Bradley Cooper. And if you're just joining us, my guest is Bradley Cooper. You really changed your voice. Let's just hear an example of you speaking in the film. As Jack Can I ask you a personal question?
Do you write songs or anything? As Ally I don't sing my own songs. As Ally I just don't feel comfortable. As Jack Why wouldn't you feel comfortable? As Ally Well, 'cause, like, almost every single person that I've come in contact with in the music industry has told me that my nose is too big and that I won't make it. As Jack Your nose is beautiful. Are you showing me your nose right now? As Jack You don't have to show it to me.
I've been looking at it all night. As Ally Oh, come on. So what is it about his voice that you were so taken with? Well, the main thing I knew is I wanted to start with the voice. I wanted to change my voice 'cause I knew that I wouldn't even believe it as an actor if I kept hearing my voice. And Tim Monich, an incredible - dialect coach who I met with on "American Sniper" - we started very early on, maybe two years prior to filming, sitting down, listening to tons of voices.
And at some point, I asked him, where's Sam Elliott from? And I had no idea he was from Sacramento, Calif. And then I learned that his mother is from Texas and was a huge influence on him. And so his voice - he has this accent that you can't quite place. So it felt perfect for the character. And then the journey began. How the heck am I going to get that voice?
So I just - it was just hours and hours and hours. We developed a whole series of exercises, and then we would listen to tapes. And at first, it was very difficult. Actually, I could only do it with my head down. And at night, I would go to sleep, and my - I felt like my esophagus was lowering into my chest. I had to, like, forcefully do it. But then after a while, it just became so natural. And I could breathe and talk to you and do everything, live my life within that voice.
And once I got over that, in that process, I was reading Bruce Springsteen's autobiography where he was talking about stealing his father's voice when he was young in order to find an identity because he loved his father. And I thought, oh, I can really relate to that. And I thought, what if he literally was so enamored with his brother and wanted to - and idolized his brother, and he stole his brother's voice? And Sam Elliott is his brother.
And there's this connection. And then I asked if I could meet him. But it was me answering all the questions as him on the tape. And he thank God was moved by it, or - I think he certainly felt like, wow, how much time this guy must have spent. And then we just started talking about the movie and the character. And so we just discussed it for about three hours one night. And then he said - we left that dinner, and he said, if we can make it work, I'm in.
So you said you used a lot of vocal exercises to And I would do it every morning. Deepen your voice and learn how to - can you demonstrate one or two of them? I prided myself in taking whatever was in the fridge and turning it into lasagna. He played Ben, a counselor and the love interest of Michael Ian Black 's character. Although the film was critically and commercially unsuccessful, it has developed a cult status over the years. Cooper reprised the role in the film's prequel Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Campan eight-episode Netflix series.
She wanted to take care of me, make sure I was okay all the time. The scenes in which he appeared were edited out of the final cut of the film, but are featured on the film's DVD and Blu-ray releases. Despite positive reviews for the series, the show was canceled after only four episodes due to low ratings. Playing the dark character of a freelance photographer who tries to track down a serial killer was a departure from Cooper's previous comedic roles and an experience he found enjoyable.
The film received positive reviews from critics, though it earned little at the box office. The Hangover was a commercial success and finished as among the highest-grossing R-rated films in the United States. I mean, look, more doors have been opened for sure, but it's not like I sit back with a cigar on Monday morning and go through the scripts that have been offered.
To prepare for the role, he abstained from consuming sugar, salt and flour, and underwent grueling workouts.
In the Neil Burger -directed film, he played a struggling writer who is introduced to a nootropic drug that gives him the ability to fully utilize his brain and vastly improve his lifestyle. He's blessed with good looks and fantastic timing, the kind that makes every line funnier, even the small asides. The mystery drama The Words failed commercially, as did the action comedy Hit and Run. The director drove five hours to Montreal to meet with Cooper to convince him to take on the role.
Cianfrance described Cooper's character as someone "paraded as a hero But inside him corruption is going on, conflict is raging inside, guilt and shame are buried. Russell 's romantic comedy-drama Silver Linings Playbook, an adaptation of Matthew Quick 's serio-comic novel of the same name. He was cast as a divorced man with bipolar disordera former teacher who finds companionship in a young, depressed widow Lawrence.
Cooper was initially skeptical about playing the part which he thought was out of his depth, but he later accepted the role inspired by Russell's confidence in him. There's an ache in his funny, touching and vital performance that resonates. Russell's crime comedy-drama American Hustle. Inspired by the Federal Bureau of Investigation 's Abscam sting operation, the film is set against the backdrop of political corruption in s New Jersey.
The pair starred as a married couple who become involved in criminal activities after realizing that they cannot bear children. Michael Coveney of Whatsonstage. It's a wonderful, and very moving, display. The critic for Variety wrote, "an excellent performance from a bulked-up Bradley Cooper, this harrowing and intimate character study offers fairly blunt insights into the physical and psychological toll exacted on the front lines.
Substantially bulked up and affecting a believable Texas drawl, Cooper embodies Kyle's confidence, intensity and vulnerability.