A Star Is Born: the studio didn’t want Lady Gaga

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The musical drama “A Star Is Born” worn by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga might not have looked like this at all since the Warner studio was not convinced Lady Gaga could be a suitable role for Ally.

A Star Is Born is a remake of a remake, and this new release sees Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga play the characters in this story of a country star who meets a promising singer who soon steals the show. But initially, the singer of Poker Face Almost not been in the casting, because the studio did not see her in the role.

Once at the helm of the project, Bradley Cooper is convinced that it is Lady Gaga who must play Ally. Only, at Warner, the studio executives do not believe it. Instead, they are considering other names including Selena Gomez, Kesha, Shakira or Esperanza Spalding.

At the time, the singer was not yet at her first attempt since she had small roles in Sin City: I killed for her (2014) and Machete Kills (2013) but especially in American Horror Story seasons 5 and 6 (2015-2016).

A Star Is Born the studio didnt want Lady Gaga
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Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) et Ally (Lady Gaga)

To change their minds, Cooper records a duet on the phone with Lady Gaga on Midnight Special, a song by country-blues band Creedence Clearwater Revival. At the same time, it presents an essay by the actress playing comedy specially written for the occasion and framed by Janusz Kaminski, the director of photography she had hired for her video clip. Alejandro and who has worked with Steven Spielberg for years.

The alchemy between the two actors wins the support of the producers, who finally agree to give credit to the singer, who will subsequently be nominated for the Oscar for Best Actress for her interpretation. She will win a statuette for her interpretation of the song Shallow, shared with its co-authors.

It was also Lady Gaga who convinced Bradley Cooper to sing live during the film, to add authenticity to these moments and avoid playback.

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