Lady Gaga Was Not the First Choice for ‘a Star Is Born’

GagaLady Gaga made quite the name for herself when she landed the role Ally in the 2018 movie “A Star Is Born.” Her first significant motion picture role received rave reviews, and she gave an award-winning performance.

Multiple sources have reported that Gaga was not the director’s first choice for the part of Ally. In 2011, talks started to remake “A Star Is Born” for the fourth time.

The sources say that the first choice for the role was Beyoncé. However, she was pregnant at the time of filming the production with her in the role had to stop.

Before Beyoncé announcing her pregnancy, she confirmed she met with Clint Eastwood, the director of the movie.

Beyoncé said at the time, “I did not think I would have been given the opportunity to star in the movie.” She said she had met with Eastwood and was extremely nervous knowing that this was one of the most significant opportunities of her entire life.

Bradley Cooper also was not the first choice to be cast in the role of Jackson Maine. If Beyoncé was cast in 2011 for the movie, the actors who were being considered for the role of Maine was Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, Leonardo di Caprio, or Christian Bale.

Due to the delay in casting Gaga and Cooper were given the leads in “A Star Is Born.” After Gaga was cast, Warner Bros. was not entirely agreeable with “Mama Monster” being cast in the part. They felt Gaga might not be appropriate and needed to be convinced.

Bill Gerber who produced the film said he had to convince those who did not believe in Gaga to cast her. Cooper also helped with the encouragement.

Gerber said that Cooper believed in Gaga and Warner Bros. spent the money to pay for Gaga to have a screen test. After they saw Gaga’s screen test, it took them seconds to agree she was perfect for the part.

In an interview with the L.A. Times, Gaga said she understood why she had to take a screen test before being cast in the role. She admitted that people do not know what she looks like naturally because she is known for her flamboyant outfits, wigs, and make-up when she is performing or seen in public.

Released in October 2018, “A Star Is Born” also featured as Bobby Sam Elliott. Dave Chappelle played Noodles, and Anthony Ramos played Ramon.

Gaga won the Best Actress Award at the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for her role of Ally.

“A Star Is Born” also won a BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, Satellite Award for Comedy or Musical Best Motion Pictures, and a Satellite Award for Best Cinematography.

Gaga also won an Academy Award at the 91st Academy Awards. Gaga won song of the year from “Shallow” which was from the “Star Is Born” Soundtrack. It was the first Oscar win for Gaga.
Written by Barbara Sobel

Sources:

Latin Times: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper Weren’t Supposed To Be In ‘A Star Is Born’
Cinema Blend: The Studio Wasn’t Originally Convinced Lady Gaga Was A Good Fit For A Star Is Born

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