When first director Bradley Cooper shot his upcoming remake of "A Star in Born," his co-star Lady Gaga (aka Stefani Germanotta) made a deal with him.
"She said straight from the beginning that there would be a bargain," Cooper recalled during a public talk at the Tribeca Film Festival with Robert De Niro. He remembered that Gaga told him, "I'll depend on you to get a performance that's honest with me" – because she's never made a movie before – and I'll make sure you go to become a musician , Because we will sing everything live. "And I said," Wait, what? "
Cooper narrated the story as part of a meandering conversation that was part of the Tribeca Talks series of festival events. De Niro revealed that he had seen a screening of "A Star is Born" ̵
Cooper said that he had met De Niro for the first time since Cooper's own father had fallen ill and died between filming "Limitless" and "Playbook". 19659002]
"This experience in 'Silver Lining Playbook' is probably why I'm so close to you and love you as horribly as a friend," Cooper said. "Because all the time after my dad dies, I have to say the word, dad, and I have to tell you."
De Niro often seemed at a loss for conversation topics, so much so that David O. Russell – the director of "Playbooks," "American Hustle" and "Joy" – was asked to appear on stage together with him and Cooper.
Russell remembered De Niro for the first time with actor Joe Pesci and called Pesci to him, "You'll find out if you hang around with this guy: if you do not give him what he's supposed to say, he will not be That's what we're experiencing right now, "Russell
During the talk, Cooper described the work on the 42-day shoot of" Star is Born, "as well as the three-year preparatory process that included singing lessons and live performances in front of audiences. He, De Niro and Russell also remembered the collaboration, especially on "Playbook" and "American Hustle".
A question from the audience led De Niro to become political, as he often does at public events. When asked what role he would never play, he replied, "Will you guess, I'll give you a hint, I'll tell you, Donald Trump."