Spot­light on Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga’s new film

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper make magic in this mu­si­cal

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NOT JUST AN­OTHER RE­MAKE Bradley Cooper makes his di­rec­to­rial de­but with this fourth in­car­na­tion of A Star Is Born, which he also cowrote, pro­duced and stars in.

He plays Jack­son Maine, a coun­try rock star with a drink­ing prob­lem who takes a tal­ented singer named Ally, played by Lady Gaga (real name Ste­fani Ger­man­otta), un­der his wing.

Un­like in the pre­vi­ous films Jack­son isn’t down on his luck due to his alcoholism. “I didn’t [want] a guy who’s en­vi­ous of some­one else be­com­ing fa­mous,” he said. “I [wanted] a real love story – two bro­ken peo­ple find each other but can’t be fixed.” FIND­ING HIS ALLY Bradley says he was only vaguely aware of Lady Gaga be­fore mak­ing the movie. But when he saw her per­form he knew he wanted her to play Ally in the movie.

“I was at a can­cer ben­e­fit with my mother. They had a sur­prise mu­si­cal guest, and Ste­fani came out and she sang La Vie en Rose. I was blown away. I called her agent the next day and said, ‘Can I go to her house and meet her right away?’ So I drove to Mal­ibu, and we sat on her porch, the next thing I know I’m eat­ing spaghetti and meat­balls and I said, ‘Can we sing a song to­gether?’”

Ste­fani was just as taken with his voice. “When Bradley came over, he im­me­di­ately felt like a kin­dred spirit,” she says. “We ate left­overs on my pa­tio and started singing. When I heard how soul­ful his voice was, I knew the movie would work.” BIG-SCREEN DE­BUT She’s a pow­er­house pop queen and has graced the small screen as the Count­ess in Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story: Ho­tel but this is Gaga’s first ma­jor film role.

“In a lot of ways I feel Bradley un­veiled me. It was his idea to strip away the make-up, go back to my nat­u­ral hair, and for that to be Ally’s char­ac­ter. The trust that I had in him on set [made] for a re­mark­able artis­tic ex­pe­ri­ence,” she says.

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper at the UK pre­miere of A Star Is Born.

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