“A Star Is Born” Screening And Conversation With Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper and Sam Elliott!
I was lucky enough to attend a special screening of “A Star Is Born”, followed by a terrific conversation with the film’s star and Director Bradley Cooper, star Lady Gaga and co-star Sam Elliott!
One of the funniest moments featured Elliott’s VOICE – more in a moment.
It was a great night: a screening of the movie and then a conversation about the making of the film.
As they entered the theater, Gaga went to Sam and gave him this big hug:
She then turned and did the same to Bradley Cooper – note that the film’s closing credits were still rolling as the cast hit the stage, which is why you see the words above them:
This is happening all over Hollywood: special industry screenings and conversations about the films vying for awards.
My wife and I were looking forward to this one, because the film is so good – the Q & A covered many topics about the making of the film – as Cooper pointed out, it was a fairly minuscule $38 million budget and he had only 42 days of filming – but the camaraderie between cast and crew made it work.
The audience was enthralled with great stories about making the film, and how each Actor brought something unique to the project:
Bradley and Sam kept referring to Gaga as Stephanie, which is of course her real name, and she was candid about how unusual it was for her to turn over all creative control to Cooper, who also directed.
Gaga was articulate and passionate about the film, pointing out that while she does most of the creative work on her music and videos, she knew she had to trust Cooper – and said the cast became a true family during filming:
Cooper told a funny story about how he decided that Sam Elliott had the most velvety voice he’d ever heard, and so he fashioned his character on that – then invited Sam over to his house to ask him to be in the film – and played him a tape of Cooper singing like he imagined his “Sam Elliott Influenced” character:
Everyone laughed as Cooper told the story, and Sam added that he was surprised but handled that meeting very well, telling the audience that as he walked out of that original meeting he thought: “I’ve got this part – otherwise he has to learn a whole new voice!”
Thanks to the Producers Guild of America and Warner Brothers for the screening and conversation – a great way to get more insight into the creative process behind the film.
By the way, “A Star Is Born” is a great film, with terrific new songs and incredible performances. It will surely be a major awards contender this season, so look for it to be nominated for EVERYTHING.
Let me share a bit of the magic: the music video that has scenes from the film and also showcases the moment in the film when Bradley Cooper calls Lady Gaga out on stage to sing her song “Shallow”:
I have posted about the film before, and if you haven’t seen it yet – do so now! Here is a trailer that shows just how good it is:
Let me know if you’ve seen it yet!