The latest version of A Star Is Born hits theaters next weekend, and star Bradley Cooper says that the inspiration for his role as rock star Jackson Maine in the film was Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder. And, after spending a few days with the singer, Cooper says that he had some inside information about life as a musician.
“I went up to Seattle and spent four or five days with him, and I asked him 9,000 questions,” says Cooper. “He gave me minor, little things that only musicians know about what to do, just aesthetically and the inner workings.”
The Hangover actor added that Vedder was “wonderful,” but also revealed that the musician advised him not to do the movie. Cooper says that Vedder told him he was “crazy,” and he shouldn’t do it.
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But, according to Page Six, Cooper didn’t listen to Vedder’s advice. Instead, he not only took the role of Jackson Maine, but he also produced and directed the movie. And, he styled the movie’s live show scenes after Metallica concerts.
He admits that he is a huge Metallica fan, and about six years ago he attended one of their concerts and stood behind the drum kit. It was there that he saw the scope of it, and thought the composition was incredible. He had experienced what it felt like to be on stage, and so now in his new movie, viewers will get that same feeling.
This latest version of A Star is Born is the fourth film adaptation of the musical-romantic drama. This time around Lady Gaga stars as the struggling singer that Cooper’s character falls in love with. In the 1976 version, Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson starred in the main roles. In 1954 it was Judy Garland and James Mason, and the original 1937 version starred Janet Gaynor and Fredric March.
Cooper has been busy promoting his new film, but he has also been enjoying some time with his partner Irina Shayk and their 1-year-old daughter, Lea. Recently, the Oscar-nominee stepped out with the two women in his life, and cameras spotted the family in Pacific Palisades.
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The doting dad kept his little girl on his shoulders the whole time, and Shayk followed close behind while giving their daughter snacks.
Cooper looked relaxed while wearing an Eagles t-shirt, khakis, and flip-flops, and Shayk wore a black t-shirt, black lycra shorts, and white sneakers. But, it was Lea who stole the show with her blonde curls and her pastel pink outfit.
As for Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, A Star Is Born will premiere in theaters on October 5th.