There’s no surprise however, with Bradley Cooper’s directional debut receiving an extremely positive reaction, from Lady Gaga and Bradley’s beautiful love story as Ally and Jackson to their writing and singing the songs live.
In a featurette released this week, The Road to Stardom: Making A Star Is Born, Gaga, Bradley and the rest of the cast and crew reminisced about the filming experience, and one moment in particular has shaken the internet.
Lady Gaga revealed that the final scene of A Star Is Born was just as emotional behind the scenes as it was on-camera, as she recalled being given tragic news before her final performance.
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The 32-year-old was told the news that one of her best friends and managing director of Haus of Gaga, Sonja Durham, had sadly lost her battle with stage four breast, brain and lung cancer, on the final day of filming.
‘I remember that day very unfondly, in a way,’ she explained of the filming of the performance of Never Love Again. ‘I actually left the set.’
She then recalled how Bradley and the cast and crew decided to delay the shoot, but after speaking to Sonja’s husband, Gaga decided to go on, as it is what Sonja would have wanted her to do.
In order to get through the performance, she recalled how she asked the audience of extras for their help, explaining why the day was difficult for her.
‘If you could help me today, and really think of not just Sonja but how it feels to lose someone, think of her husband maybe, for me,’ she recalled telling the audience. ‘I think that energy will penetrate this room. I think she’ll hear it.’