In a recent episode of 'The Howard Stern Show,' acclaimed actor and director Bradley Cooper made a surprising revelation. He had initially approached Stern to play the role of Bobby in the 2018 Oscar-winning film 'A Star Is Born.' Bobby, the half-brother and manager to Cooper's character, was a pivotal figure in the narrative. This role was eventually portrayed by the accomplished actor, Sam Elliott.
Cooper's Vision for Stern
During the candid conversation, Bradley Cooper disclosed his excitement about the physical transformation that Stern would have undergone for the character, notably shaving his head. This indicated Cooper's keen interest in casting Stern, known for his long hair, into a role that would require such a drastic change. It is evident that Cooper, who also directed 'A Star Is Born,' was enthusiastic about the possibility of Stern stepping into the shoes of the character.
Stern's Oscar-Worthy Performance?
With his characteristic humor, Howard Stern suggested that had he accepted the role, his performance could have been Oscar-worthy. While this statement was made in jest, it demonstrates Stern's confidence in his acting abilities, despite declining the offer. Stern also expressed his serious consideration of the role, highlighting his willingness to explore new avenues beyond his established radio persona.
A Future Collaboration?
Despite Stern's refusal, Cooper expressed optimism about a future collaboration. He believes that the right opportunity could open the doors for them to work together. In addition to his work on 'A Star Is Born,' Cooper has directed the Leonard Bernstein biopic 'Maestro' and starred in 'Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves' and 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.'
'Maestro' is set to open in select theaters and will be available on Netflix starting December 20, providing audiences with another glimpse into Cooper's multifaceted talent as both an actor and a director.