Although the previous takes on A Star Is Born featured a well-known singer in the form of Kris Kristofferson, the 1954 version featured James Mason in Bradley Cooper's role and Fredric March in the 1937 version.
So it goes that Bradley Cooper is taking on the role in the 2018 version, but had to be convinced by Lady Gaga to sing himself in the film. Speaking at the Tribeca Film Festival last night, Cooper explained that he made a deal with Gaga as she hated it in movies where actors were clearly lip-synching.
"(She said) ‘I’m gonna rely on you to get a performance that’s honest out of me’ — because she’d never done a film before — ‘and I’m gonna make sure that you’re going to turn into a musician. Because we’re going to sing everything live.’ And I went, ‘Wait, what?’"
Cooper went on, saying that he'd spent a year and a half in vocal lessons and found singing live "terrifying," and that he "really relied on her (Gaga)."
A Star Is Born is in Irish cinemas on October 5th.