Bradley Cooper Originally Said No To ‘A Star Is Born’

Bradley Cooper speaks at a screening of 'A Star Is Born'
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Bradley Cooper has got a lot of attention in recent weeks for his work in A Star Is Born both in front of and behind the camera but at an appearance in Chicago, the star of the film revealed that he originally wasn’t going to take the film, wrote the Chicago Tribune.

A remake of the 1937 movie of the same name, Cooper plays the lead role of Jackson Maine, who becomes a mentor for up-and-coming vocalist Ally, played by Lady Gaga. But Cooper was originally pitched the movie in 2013 by Clint Eastwood and he turned it down.

Cooper’s character was different in Eastwood’s imagining of the film and that led Cooper to think that he was too young for the character.

“I was 38 when Clint brought it to my attention, it was a different character but we talked about it and I just knew I was too young. I felt I hadn’t lived enough. Deep down I knew I would’ve had to really act, a lot.”

But in the end, Cooper took on the role in a film he had many different responsibilities with, making his directorial debut in the film, along with co-writing the script for this version, shaping his character in every way.

Cooper says that his character is “nothing like me in a lot of ways” but drew on his experience with addiction, now clean and sober for over 14 years, with that experience allowing him to shape the character and really explore the themes of the film.

Personal experiences were exactly what Cooper was looking to put into the screenplay, those that he felt personally invested in. That led to plenty of discussions early on with his fellow screenwriter Eric Roth, with Cooper saying he only wanted to write a movie that he’d go to watch.

This will be the fourth official version of A Star is Born and with the last three proving to be immensely popular, this should be no different. The film is already favored to get attention at the Academy Awards, expecting to garner several nominations, with three potential for Cooper alone. Having been nominated multiple times, most recently in 2015, Cooper looks set to claim his first Oscar next year.

In allowing himself to mature, Cooper has been able to take a bigger hand in the film, which is undeniably his film, having spent several months working on the movie before beginning filming. Using his own life experience, Cooper’s decision looks to have been the correct one.