Bradley Cooper on His Secret Pact With Lady Gaga for ‘A Star is Born’

When first-time director Bradley Cooper was shooting his forthcoming remake of “A Star in Born,” his co-star, Lady Gaga (aka Stefani Germanotta), made a deal with him.“She said right from the beginning that there would be a bargain,” Cooper recalled at a public talk at the Tribeca Film Festival with Robert De Niro.

He recalled that Gaga told him, “‘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 told the story as part of a meandering conversation that was part of the Tribeca Talks series of festival events.

De Niro revealed that he’d seen a screening of “A Star is Born” — “I just

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