Bradley Cooper, director
Sarah wrote about the first still released from the A Star Is Born remake that Bradley Cooper is directing last week. He and Lady Gaga worked on the film at Coachella earlier this week. And yesterday he was seen on set, with his body double, in LA. Coop was not at the splashy Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 premiere in Hollywood earlier this week, likely because he’s deep in production on his first job as a director which, I mean in this case, is totally understandable? Guardians 2 is going to be huge. Bradley Cooper showing up on the red carpet is not going to make it huger. And not showing up on the red carpet isn’t going to make it less huge.
He is, however, critical to the potential success of A Star Is Born. So let’s talk about A Star Is Born because they released the synopsis at the start of production and we definitely have some points of interest:
Filming begins today on Warner Bros. Pictures’ reimagining of the musical “A Star Is Born,” starring Bradley Cooper and introducing Stefani Germanotta, known across the globe as Oscar-nominated music superstar Lady Gaga, in her first leading role in a major motion picture. Four-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper (“American Sniper,” “American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) is helming the film, marking his directorial debut.
Cooper plays Jackson Maine, a country music star who is on the brink of decline when he discovers a talented unknown named Ally (Germanotta). As the two begin a passionate love affair, Jack coaxes Ally into the spotlight, catapulting her to stardom. But as Ally’s career quickly eclipses his own, Jack finds it increasingly hard to handle his fading glory.
In addition to playing Ally, Germanotta, who earned her Oscar nod for the song “Til It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground, has composed and will perform original songs in the film. The main cast also includes Andrew Dice Clay and Sam Elliott.
I’m going to put on my Duana hat here because of the name, Jackson Maine. JACKSON MAINE?
Just me or do you keep reading that as Jermaine Jackson? Jackson Maine is a joke name in a country music sketch on Saturday Night Live. This may or may not be a harbinger of things to come. But… I’m actually hoping it’s a harbinger of great things to come. Because the storyline has a lot of potential.
Jackson Maine is the big star at the beginning of this romance. Lady Gaga’s Ally ends up “eclipsing” his glow. And so he struggles with this. Which is totally a metaphor for modern Western culture. As women continue to reimagine their roles and pursue their ambitions, many men are struggling to adjust to what that means for their roles – both at home and at work, as industry and technological changes and advances have made many “traditional” male professions obsolete and men are not conditioned to take on the new and lucrative but perceived to be “not as masculine” opportunities available to them.
Remember, in the Barbra Streisand version of A Star Is Born, the Jackson Maine character dies by suicide. It was already dark. But if Bradley Cooper’s update of the story aims to be a commentary on The Unmade Bed: The Messy Truth About Men And Women In The 21st Century, using celebrity and fame as the hooks to engage us in a discussion about changing gender dynamics… I’m in. Because the discussion is going to show us where we are.
How will our feminism be affected when we see Jackson Maine wrestling with his “fading glory”? What will the audience reaction to Jackson’s “fading glory” tell us about gender equality and whether or not the needle has actually moved? Is Bradley Cooper making this movie?