In a recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Nightmare alley star Bradley Cooper seemed to tell about his career and his upcoming work. Stephen Colbert started their interview by talking about how much he loved A star is born and the prelude to Cooper’s next instructional project, Maestro, a movie about Leonard Bernstein. Steven Spielberg was originally attached to the project, but after he saw A star is born and knowing of Cooper’s apparent love of directing, the project went to the actor.
After instruction and writing A star is born, managing his own projects has become all that Cooper wants to do, in his own words. This led to him almost begging Spielberg to let him shoot the film. “He happened to know that I had this obsession with conducting. Just like in high school, I liked an MFA, and you created a character, and I created a conductor and wrote a monologue. So there was always something inside me,” he said. told Cooper Colbert about his history and love of conducting and how Spielberg knew about it. “So he said ‘this project is called Maestro“I might direct,” Cooper continued. Colbert clarified that it was originally a Spielberg film and that Spielberg wanted Cooper to come in to read for the lead role.
Cooper explained that he showed Spielberg a version of A star is born to try to convince the instructor to let him take on Maestro and apparently when Jackson Maine (Cooper’s role in the film) and Ally (Lady Gaga) is getting ready to perform “Shallow” on the main stage, Spielberg got up and went to Cooper and said to him “You’re a fan ** king directing Maestro. “
Starring Cooper, Carey Mulligan, and Succession‘s Jeremy Strong, Maestro becomes Cooper’s first film after his brilliant directorial debut A star is born. Cooper seems to be incredibly pumped for the project, and having Spielberg choose you to instruct something means you have to be perfect for the job, right? See the full interview with Cooper below.
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