Cooper , who also directed, stars as veteran singer Jackson Maine. The footage opens with him standing before a massive audience, singing a ballad that includes the lyric “Maybe it’s time to let the old ways down.”
He then discovers Gaga’s character, a struggling artist named Ally who’s short on confidence. “I don’t sing my own songs,” she tells Cooper . “I just don’t feel comfortable. Almost every single person has told me that they liked the way I sounded, but they didn’t like the way I looked.”
It’s the third remake of 1937’s “A Star Is Born,” for which Janet Gaynor won the Academy Award for her role as an aspiring actress dealing with a fading star, played by Fredric March. It was rebooted in 1954 with Judy Garland and James Mason, and in 1976 with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.