Bradley Cooper discusses filming ‘A Star Is Born’ live from Glastonbury Festival
Bradley Cooper has revealed how he spent four days at Glastonbury Festival to film crucial scenes for his new film A Star Is Born.
The film, which stars himself and Lady Gaga, marks the directorial debut of four-time Oscarnominee Cooper and enjoyed its out-of-competition world premiere at the 75th Venice International Film Festival.
In this new take on the powerful love story, Cooper plays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers—and falls in love with—struggling artist Ally (Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.
For some of those scenes, Cooper was able to get on stage for a matter of minutes before country legend Kris Kristofferson on the Pyramid Stage: “Kris happened to be playing so I asked him if I could take up some of his set,” Cooper said of his Glastonbury appearance,” Cooper told press at the Toronto Film Festival.
“I spent four days there in all and learned so much about its inner workings,” he explained when discussing his experience at the festival.
“It’s the largest privately-owned music festival in the world and it is the place that makes and rejuvenates careers.
“You watch major, huge musicians still get nervous about playing on the Pyramid Stage.
“It’s still this place of fear and beauty.”
A Star is Bornfeatures original songs performed live on-camera by Cooper and Gaga, who wrote a number of tracks together and in collaboration with such musical artists as Lukas Nelson, Jason Isbell and Mark Ronson. The film’s ensemble cast also includes Andrew Dice Clay, with Dave Chappelle and Sam Elliott.
A Star is Borncomes to cinemas this October from Warner Bros. Pictures, in Association with Live Nation Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures.