Bradley Cooper is receiving rave reviews for his dual roles as star and director of “A Star Is Born”, and in a New York Times profile the four-time Oscar nominee opens up about a moment of heartbreaking moment of clarity in which the ground shifted beneath his feet.
Reflecting on the death of his father, Cooper recalls how he passed away in his arms in 2011.
“It’s a new reality,” says Cooper, 43. “Everything, everything. It’s not even one thing, it’s a whole new world. And it was instantaneous. It wasn’t like, months later. It was like, his last exhale, and I was holding him, and it was like, everything changed.”
He credits that change with allowing him to take on “A Star Is Born”, which was initially set to be directed by Clint Eastwood.
Approached to star in Eastwood’s version, Cooper recalls that the “Unforgiven” director didn’t think the actor was “weathered” enough to play the role of a broken-down, washed-up rock star.
Cooper admits he agreed with the assessment, that he hadn’t “lived enough” to inhabit the role — until one day, four years after his father’s death, he looked in the mirror and realized he was now ready.
“Honestly, I could see it on my face,” he says. “I just felt it.”
“A Star Is Born” opens on Oct. 4.