The actor and director of A Star is Born says he still isn’t taken completely seriously in Hollywood.
bradley cooper has a funny career, made of light comedies (Serial Noceurs, Very Bad Trip…), but also projects that he carried out at arm’s length, A Star is Born on your mind. At 47, he has received nine Oscar nominations during his career, mainly for this musical film and for happiness therapyby David O. Russell, released in cinemas in 2012. As he prepares Maestrothe biopic of musician Leonard Bernstein (which was originally to be directed by Steven Spielberg), he explains in the podcast Smartless, interviewed by Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Sean Hayes, that he is sometimes taken aback in Hollywood. Without naming a name, he says he was the subject of disparaging remarks from a recognized director, while he was talking with an actress nominated three times for the Oscars. At that time, Bradley Cooper had received seven. “How is it possible that you were nominated seven times, and she only three?”, told him this influential person in Hollywood. “I was shocked. ‘Dude, why are you such an asshole?’ I will never forget that. ‘F*** you!'”
Maestro: first images of Bradley Cooper in his biopic on Leonard Bernstein
He also tells another anecdote in the same genre, this time with an actress, whom he took high when crossing him after his nomination for the Oscar for best actor, opposite Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Denzel Washington. Although she didn’t know him at all, she approached him to tell him in a condescending tone: “I saw your movie. You deserve that name.” “I was there : ‘What ? I’m sorry, what are you saying? This ‘name’ ?’ Then, ten or twenty minutes later, I see her go to the bathroom mumbling ‘this name’. I’m not joking ! I remember wondering: ‘But what is this place?’ Do you see yourself saying that to someone? You have to be twisted to swing it like that.”
Adding have “zero esteem” of himself at the start of his career, he then explains that he felt “useless” when he started having success with his comedies such as Serial Revellers. His first Oscar nomination was a real consecration for him: “I was levitating!”. Then, the mad success ofA Star is Born made him want to carry projects from A to Z, which he does with Maestro directing Carey Mulligan, Maya Hawke, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Silverman, Scott Ellis and Matt Bomer, while himself playing the role of the composer of West Side Story. “I feel very lucky to have been able to shoot this film, he continues. I had a secret weapon on A Star is Born, it was Lady Gaga. On this one, my secret weapon is those fucking talents Leonard Bernstein and Gustav Mahler. The music.” Recently, he also revealed that Steven Spielberg had agreed to leave him the post of director on this biopic project following a private screening ofA Star is Born. Because at the beginning, he only wanted to offer Cooper the main role, and direct him himself!
Maestro: Bradley Cooper convinced Steven Spielberg by showing him A Star is Born