This post contains spoilers for A Star Is Born.
Not only did Cooper perfectly emulate Jackson’s drunken haze on-screen, he continued the illusion off-screen too.
In fact, even while directing the film, he continued to pretend that he was inebriated.
“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,” the director and actor told Vanity Fair earlier this week.
“It just took me a little longer to communicate what I wanted,” he added.
It was especially easy for Cooper to stay in character while directing the film’s famous Grammy Awards scene.
The scene, which has featured in all four versions of A Star Is Born, sees Jackson drunkenly stumble onto the awards show stage and interrupt Ally’s moment.
Holly Wainwright, Rachel Corbett and Leigh Campbell debriefed on the movie after they watched it:
“It was a really incredible moment for me to see Bradley-actor [switch into] Bradley-director,” she said.
“It was like a magic trick for us… really, he was like Houdini.”
But while Cooper often took on a drunk-director persona, he never actually swigged from a bottle on set.
In fact, Cooper has been sober for almost 15 years.