Jackson Maine and his lady love Ally will not be getting back together on the big-screen any time soon as those who have seen ‘A Star Is Born’ know all too well.
But the actors who played the star-crossed lovers, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga — who were last seen together steaming up the joint onstage during the Academy Awards ceremony as they did their Oscar-and Grammy-winning duet, “Shallow” — could do a one-night-only event together.
On Thursday’s edition of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Cooper, who made his directorial debut with the remake of a Hollywood evergreen classic that garnered eight Oscar nominations, threw out an idea after he nixed any thought of touring together. As he told the talk-show host, “You know what I thought would be a cool thing to do maybe one night? Maybe a live reading of the movie — of the script — and sing all the songs. … like at the Hollywood Bowl or something. That would be cool, right?”
That’s when DeGeneres, obviously a fan of the film, piped up, “Yes, that would be really cool. Do that!” Might I suggest someone record that event and turn it into a TV special? Cooper, who was last on “Ellen” right before he started shooting the movie, shared some interesting details about how the live concert performances in movie were done.
He was actually singing live onstage, but the audiences — including the 80,000 screaming attendees at England’s Glastonbury Festival — didn’t get to hear one note. That was because “We never played anything through the PA system. We couldn’t release the music before the movie came out.”
But once the movie was released in theaters, he and Gaga did perform a few of the soundtrack songs live in concert. Cooper admitted it was not his favorite thing to do. “It was terrifying, absolutely, because I’m not a singer and I didn’t sing before this movie.” Well, let us say he had us fooled.
So how did he do it? Basically, with a can-do attitude. “It just shows you, if you do work really hard, and you’re with supportive people, that you can do things you never even dreamed possible.”