Bradley Cooper has revealed that a lot of people he respects told not to take on his directorial project A Star Is Born.
The film will be the storys fourth big screen adaptation and famously went through many directors and actors before Cooper was able to get it in to production with Lady Gaga in the female lead role.
I had a lot of people tell me, “Please dont do this” — people I respect and who care about me, said the 43-year-old actor turned director.
I just knew this could be the end of everything if it doesnt work. Its like, “Whos this guy making the fourth [version] of this movie? Shut up already.” But I still could not deny what I felt deep down, and thats why it was this movie.
It sort of ignited something in me.
Cooper also wrote the screenplay with Will Fetters and Eric Roth; it is a remake of the 1937 film of the same name and follows a hard-drinking country musician (Cooper) who discovers and falls in love with a young singer (Gaga).
It is the third remake of the original film; other versions include a 1954 musical (starring Judy Garland and James Mason) and a 1976 rock musical, starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly however, Cooper also revealed that as a teenager he used to write songs and that he always believed he could one day pursue music.
I used to always hear verses and songs in my head as a kid. And I wrote a couple down. Im talking from like [age] 8 to like 19. So I knew that there was something that I hadnt pursued that maybe I could actualize one day in a movie, he said.
A Star Is Born will premiere at the Venice Film Festival and is out in the UK in October.