- Bradley Cooper plays musician Jackson Maine in “A Star Is Born.”
- Cooper said that he turned to Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder for help on portraying a rock star onscreen.
- Vedder provided notes and helped influence Cooper’s performance.
Bradley Cooper’s rock star performance in “A Star Is Born” was inspired in part by Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder.
The 43-year-old actor told Yahoo Entertainment that he and Vedder became friends, and Cooper turned to Vedder for help on portraying musician Jackson Maine onscreen.
“I went up to Seattle and spent four or five days with him and I asked him 9,000 questions,” Cooper said. “And he gave me minor, little things that only musicians know about what to do, just aesthetically and the inner workings.”
Cooper said that Vedder was initially sceptical of his transformation into a troubled rock star.
“He thought it was crazy I was going to do this movie,” Cooper said. “He was like, ‘What? Bro, don’t do that.'”
Cooper, who also directed “A Star Is Born,” wrote three songs for the movie and said that Vedder provided some notes during the songwriting process.
INSIDER went to a screening of the film and could see that Cooper approached his role authentically. Cooper and his co-star Lady Gaga filmed all of the performances live, including playing at Glastonbury Festival and Stagecoach Festival, and when watching the movie, the emotion Cooper used was reflective of Vedder’s performances with Pearl Jam. The actor, who learned how to play guitar and piano and studied with a vocal coach to lower his voice down an octave, has a grating sound to it similar to Vedder’s.
Cooper told the New York Times that he didn’t want to sound too country or like any specific genre of music.
He told the Times that he was also influenced by the voice of Sam Elliott, who plays his brother in the film, and watched some of his interviews to hit a similar tone.
“A Star Is Born” opens in theatres Friday, October 5.
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