Bradley Cooper attended the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival as part of the Tribeca Talk series with Robert De Niro. During the conversation, Bradley Cooper praised Lady Gaga’s acting in A Star is Born and revealed how it was to work with her on set. Read below!
“She said right from the beginning that this was going to be a bargain,” he told De Niro and the Tribeca crowd. “‘I’m gonna rely on you to get a performance that’s honest out of me,’ because she’d never done a film before, ‘and I’m gonna make sure you that turn into a musician, because we’re going to sing everything live.‘ And I thought, wait, what? She said, ‘No, the only way this is going to work — I can’t stand when I watch movies when they have music and you can tell when it’s pre-recorded and people are lip-syncing. And she’s right. So that was terrifying, but I really relied on her.”
“One of the great things that I love about the movie is we shot everything from the stage, and we went to real concerts, real venues, and just jumped onstage for 45 minutes,” he explained. “We were at Stagecoach; I got to sing in front of like, 20,000 people. We got to jump on the stage at Glastonbury, which is the largest open-air music festival in the world, and I was there at the Pyramid Stage, singing in front of 80,000 people. The production value you get out of that is great.”
“You can’t hide when you sing,” he said. “To me, the best way to express love is through singing and music. I knew that if I could marry that in a way, that’d be special. Lady Gaga is just kind of a revelation. But I don’t wanna say too much — maybe you’ll hate the movie, but I love it. I really love it. It’s the movie I set out to make, which is hard to say.”
Cooper told the story as part of a meandering conversation that was part of the Tribeca Talks series of festival events. De Niro revealed that he’d seen a screening of “A Star is Born” — “I just want to say it was terrific,” he said