Bradley Cooper made an interesting choice during his directorial debut, “A Star Is Born.” He directed key scenes in the film while pretending to be drunk.
Cooper stars alongside Lady Gaga in the film, and his character is an alcoholic. He stayed in character during filming of the scenes when his character, Jackson Maine, was drunk, including when he was working behind the camera.
“Thank God the actors were willing to allow me to direct them sort of in that state, because it was easier to stay in that space,” Cooper told Vanity Fair. “It just took me a little longer to communicate what I wanted.”
The real Cooper has been sober for 15 years, which may not mesh with the mental image of moviegoers who are most familiar with his work in the “Hangover” trilogy.
We dug into figuring out who the real person is behind the actor and, now, director.