I think we can all agree that Bradley Cooper gave the performance of his life in ‘A Star Is Born,‘ he’s set up perfectly for a Best Actor win at the Academy Awards.
But you might be surprised to learn he almost didn’t star in the film. When he signed on to direct, he originally wanted an actual musician to play the male lead. The studio shut him down, though.
He didn’t say specifically which musician he approached, but according to multiple reports, he was in talks with White Stripes icon Jack White. As some of you may know, White has some experience on the big screen, so it wouldn’t have been that much of a stretch.
But still, the studio didn’t feel comfortable with it, which is when Cooper stepped in and was like, “Okay, I’ll do it all then!”
It probably worked out for the best. The studio knew it was important to have a big name in the lead, and Cooper ended up being perfect for the role. It would have been interesting to see White take on the role, though.
By the way, the film has made over $310 million at the box office. Not bad at all considering the budget was $36 million.[mashshare]