Bradley Cooper: A Star is Born

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Bradley Cooper’s Speech: A Star is Born

Learn English with Bradley Cooper’s Interview at Talks at Google. Bradley Cooper’s debut film, “A Star Is Born,” has been a huge hit with Hollywood heavy-hitters and everyday moviegoers alike. In this interview with Eileen Naughton, Bradley shares his experience working on the film firsthand, describing everything from discovering the core of Jackson Maine’s character to learning how to direct for the first time.
Bradley is a filmmaker and actor from the United States. Among his accolades are a British Academy Film Award and two Grammy Awards, as well as nominations for nine Academy Awards, six Golden Globe Awards, and a Tony Award.

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Bradley Cooper | FULL TRANSCRIPT:

“Thank you.

Good to have you here.

Hey.

One of the nicest, hardest working people in Hollywood. You’re very real, you keep it real. You’ve had an arc as an actor that has been impressive both, in theatre and numbers; four Academy Award nominations, I believe, BAFTAs and so forth. But you’ve entered this new realm of directing, so you’ve kind of gone from what we would call around here, an individual contributor role, the actor, to a leader where you have to have a vision and you need to inspire people and then you have budgets and you’ve got technology. So were you a little bit scared going into all this or how did it all roll out?

You’re absolutely right. First of all, thank you for having me. It’s such a pleasure to be…

Oh, its hardship to have you here.

No, really… no, it’s kinda… it’s insane, it’s insane… and I was able to… you were kind enough to invite me to Sicily, to the Google camp. We show the movie, which was really incredible.

Everyone was buzzing about it.

That was very great.

Not a dry eye, I heard.

My daughter loved it. Not the movie. But she… It’s a big pool there. You’re so right about budgetary issues and timing and all of that stuff, but I actually loved all of that. I loved actually having a, you know, dipping my toe in all of those aspects of it. And I think that’s because, you’re right when you have a vision and you want to see it through, I would feel very odd if I didn’t have a part of the, it’s because that’s part of the road and how wide it is and how, you know, where the velocity picks up. You want to have a say in everything because it winds up the finished product is right now, now, belongs to you. So, I very much was a part of all of that and I couldn’t imagine not doing it that way.

Anything really surprised you about that process and journey, I’ve seen so many interviews of the tight cast coming together and saying, we had a magic experience working as a team, working as a collaborative creative group. It wasn’t so much scripted as enabled by a clear vision of the story and you’re just freeing up Lady Gaga, Dave Chappelle to play their parts in ways they said they never experienced before and of course, it’s Lady Gaga’s first film debut.

Yeah. I think I’ve heard them say that. That makes me so happy because that’s was the goal to create an environment where, as you all know, when you feel safe and you feel motivated, and you also know that you’re called upon to bring all of yourselves; that that’s the environment that you can really thrive and you go home at night and think, oh wow, that was a really fruitful day. I think because I’ve been in this business for 20 years, and I’ve been in round all the different types of environments. But in the same setting, I just, you know, I’m a good listener and observer, so I just watched and picked up everything that works for me. And I just wanted to create an environment which was the culmination of all the good parts and take all the bad parts out of it. And then hope that in that respect, I could get the best out of the people that have entrusted themselves to me quite frankly, because that was a, I mean I just couldn’t believe that Lady Gaga took such a huge risk, because it’s a big risk. This is one of those projects where you’re like, well, you know, if it doesn’t work out, you’ll be okay. It’s like, not really. Actually, if it doesn’t work out, you’re going to take a big hit. So there’s a lot at stake. And even for Dave Chappelle, that took me like two and a half years to get him and he just doesn’t do this kind of thing and, but he was so willing and Sam Elliott, you know, I’ve never seen him play a character that was so filled with resentment the way that character was and he just threw all of himself into that. And my hope is that it’s because they felt that there was that kind of inspiring environment, which by the way, I sort of set the tone, but everybody else has to help create that. You know, every single crew member, everybody has to be on the same page and everybody dictates. I mean, you know, in your work environment, if there’s one person that has an energy that’s off, the whole, it contaminates the rest of the team. So everybody really has to be on the same page.

And you pursued this script for years. I’ve seen various reports, six years. You said you’d pursued Dave Chappelle for over two years. So when’d you get the burning idea to do the fourth incarnation of A Star is Born?

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