2018’s gearing up to be a year of probable blockbusters on the silver screen. From epic Marvel films to Lady Gaga bringing her best, it looks like there will be a lot of worthwhile projects to see.
LAS VEGAS — Bradley Cooper said that Lady Gaga is “kind of a revelation” in A Star Is Born.
A Star Is Born shot directly into the must-see discussion at CinemaCon, the annual convention of theater owners, on Tuesday. But the Joanne singer was not the only clear stand-out when Cooper revealed his first sneak peek of the project
Cooper has spent three years on the project, writing the screenplay, directing as well as singing live onstage in concert venues for the modern remake of the classic Hollywood tale.
“It’s a big swing, but you can’t control what moves you,” Cooper said of the story, speaking from the CinemaCon stage. “It wrapped itself around me.”
He said it was Gaga who insisted on singing live in the movie.
“She said, ‘What I cannot stand in movies is when its playback and you can see they’re lip-syncing. We’re going to sing live.’ ” Cooper recalled.
That is one of the biggest, most daunting challenges of the movie. The two performed, with Cooper playing the guitar, in front of real festivals such as Stagecoach, Coachella and England’s Glastonbury.
In Glastonbury 2017, Cooper was even able to introduce Kris Kristofferson on the stage for the film. (Kristofferson starred in the 1976 version of A Star Is Born with Barbra Streisand.)
Cooper said that singing solo on stage “was the scariest thing.”
“But I did Elephant Man for 398 performances on Broadway,” said Cooper. “Either you feel comfortable on a stage or you don’t. And it really paid off.”
Besides, he had Lady Gaga as a personal instructor.
“She said ‘You’re going to become a musician and you’re going to make me as comfortable as you can onscreen,’ ” Cooper said. “It was a good barter.”
The relationship paid off in the trailer featuring raw performances with Gaga playing an insecure performer Ally, and her famous musician mentor Jackson Maine.
Here is some of the CinemaCon social media reaction:
A Star Is Born will be released in the awards friendly date — Oct. 8.
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