Bradley Cooper details how he trained physically and musically for 6 months to play a rock star in ‘A Star Is Born’

Bradley Cooper arrives at the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures’ ‘A Star Is Born.’ Neilson Barnard/Getty Images
  • Bradley Cooper plays rock star Jackson Maine in “A Star Is Born.”
  • He learned how to play the piano and guitar and took singing lessons.
  • He had a strict schedule for six months in order to prepare.

Bradley Cooper trained for six months to play musician Jackson Maine in “A Star Is Born.”

The 43-year-old actor told W Magazine that he set up a strict schedule in order to play the rock star.

“We mapped out my entire schedule, day by day,” Cooper said. “I’d wake up and work out, followed by two hours of guitar practice and two hours of piano lessons. Lunch. Then Lukas Nelson [Willie Nelson’s son], my collaborator, would come over, and we’d write music for one and a half hours.”

He knew how to play the upright bass as a kid, but had to learn piano and guitar for the film.

Cooper added that he’d work on the screenplay for the movie, which also marks his directorial debut, for the rest of the day.

The actor cited Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder as an influence and told Yahoo that Vedder helped him nail certain aspects of performing like a seasoned musician.

“He gave me minor, little things that only musicians know about what to do, just aesthetically and the inner workings,” Cooper said.

After studying with a vocal coach, Cooper was able to get his voice down an octave. He and his co-star Lady Gagasang all of their songs live for the movie.

“A Star Is Born” will open in theatres Friday, October 5.


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