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Bradley Cooper Says Directorial Debut Mirrored Goal to Get Into Georgetown

Bradley Cooper takes a selfie with a group of students standing in the aisle in Gaston Hall. September 12, 2018 – Four-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper (C’97) said during a talk on campus last night that the same perseverance that got him accepted to Georgetown helped him make his directorial debut.

“Everyone told me not to make this movie,” said Cooper, who co-stars with Lady Gaga in a remake of A Star Is Born, which he directed, produced and co-wrote. “I just really didn’t listen to anyone and I just really kept my head down and stayed focused the same way I did when I wanted to come to this university.”

The film is the third remake of the movie, which debuted in 1937.

Georgetown President John J. DeGioia sat down with Cooper and Warner Bros. executive Blair Rich (C’97), who is leading marketing for the film, to talk about their work on A Star is Born and their time as students on the Hilltop.

Students line up for the microphone in the aisle among a crowded audience.Cooper said he applied to Georgetown after high school, but didn’t get accepted until after transferring from basketball rival Villanova University.

“Everybody told me that I shouldn’t go here [to the rival school], that I shouldn’t be here …  [but] I had one of the most incredible experiences … in my life,” said Cooper, who last spoke at Georgetown in 2010.

An English major and French minor at Georgetown, he performed in the university’s Nomadic Theatre and its gospel choir.

Bradley Cooper looks on as Blair Rich speaks to the audience as they are seated on stage. Before the talk and Q&A with students in the audience, students studying film were invited to attend two screenings of the new movie, which will officially be released Oct. 5 and has already received rave reviews from critics.

Though Cooper and Rich are in the same Georgetown College class of 1997, they didn’t get to know one another until after they graduated.

Rich, president of worldwide marketing for Warner Bros. Pictures Group and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, is responsible for the marketing success of box office hits such as Wonder Woman and Crazy Rich Asians.

“We both have this incredible pride in having attended Georgetown,” said Rich, who majored in government. “Whether you guys are just arriving now for the first time or you’ve been here for a couple years, the pride in being a Hoya is a real thing that stays with you.”