Just in case you haven't seen A Star Is Born yet, this story may contain spoilers.
We all cringed during the scene in A Star Is Born where Ally had just won a Grammy for Best New Artist. The scene where a very heavily intoxicated Jackson stumbles behind Ally to the stage as she is giving her very emotional thank you speech. He fumbles up the stairs, and follows her, slurring his words.
It's mortifying to watch. And Bradley Cooper's acting in the scene is simply superb.
Not to mention, all the while Bradley Cooper was being a sensational actor, he was also directing the film.
In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Cooper revealed he had stayed in character – fake-drunk – throughout the scenes Jackson was intoxicated in – “especially the Grammy scene”.
Thank God the actors were willing to allow me to direct them sort of in that state because it was easier to stay in that space,” Cooper told Vanity Fair. “It just took me a little longer to communicate what I wanted.”
As Vanity Fair shared, Cooper has been sober for almost 15 years now and used his own past addiction to play Jackson.
In other scenes, Cooper would automatically switch into “director mode”… like in that other heartbreaking scene between Jackson and his brother Bobby (Sam Elliott) when they return from the rehabilitation facility and Jackson tells Bobby that he’s always looked up to him.
“‘To see Bradley get out, perform that beat, shut the door’ – and then immediately shift into director mode – ‘and pick up a monitor, walk around to the front of the truck… I’m there like, ‘What the f--k, man? I’m still in the scene’… It was a really incredible moment for me to see Bradley-actor [switch into] Bradley-director. We did two takes of that,” Elliott said.