"We got along phenomenally": Andrew Dice Clay on acting with Lady Gaga in the ‘A Star Is Born’
Andrew Dice Clay along, with several of Lady Gaga’s co-stars, raved about working with the icon and the advice she gave them. Meaww talked to them at the film's LA premiere.
The much anticipated Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga remake of the legendary film ‘A Star Is Born’ had its Los Angeles premiere this Monday night. Stars and musicians alike flooded the red carpet to dish on what is sure to be one of the hottest movies of the upcoming award season. Comedian, actor, musician and producer Andrew Dice Clay spoke with Meaww to expand on the phenomenal experience he had not just working with Gaga, but also playing her father. He then went on to elaborate on his own personal experience of the difficulties of maintaining a marriage in show business.
“We got along phenomenally from the second we met, it was very organic the way we came together. The story is great because love is an ongoing journey for all of us. I have been married three times, I’m in show-business, I know how hard it is to stay married but I have never been married to someone in the business. In this film, one is going up and one is going down and that is really tough to handle.”
Grammy award winner Dianne Warren was also in attendance as she has a song in the film. As an artist that loved the previous two versions of ‘A Star Is Born’ starring Judy Garland and Barbara Streisand, respectively, Warren was pleased with the casting of Gaga and thinks this is a story that, if done correctly, can be told time and time again.
“I just think its one of those stories that will always be relevant. I think it was perfect casting, Gaga and Bradley Cooper. This story will always be an emotional and compelling story. She is stepping into some pretty big shoes but I’m not surprised, she will fit in them just fine.”
As this is Cooper's directorial debut, he put in 110 percent when casting the musicians in the film. New Zealand musician Marlon Williams accidentally landed a role in the film, not even knowing that Cooper was in the audience at one of his shows in Los Angeles scouting for talent.
“Bradley Cooper came and watched me play at The Troubadour a couple years back and I guess he was casting at the time. I got an email a few weeks later asking if I wanted to be part of the film. That’s the same way he found Lucas Nelson. I really appreciate the old school hustle of that. I only found out Bradley was there later when my tour manager came up to me and told me ‘Elvis Costello and Bradley Cooper were in the audience tonight,’ and I was like ‘What?!’ If that’s going to happen anywhere it’s going to be in LA. It's kind of stupidly a fairytale but I guess it happens.”
Willie Nelson’s son Lucas Nelson was also one of the lucky musicians that got scouted for the film. First brought on as a consultant, his role in the project grew drastically and he ended up working both behind and in front of the camera. “It was a natural journey, we all collaborated and presented our ideas and we became good friends. It was really fun all hanging out together. We gave it 100 percent and we just said we were going to give everything to it. Both Bradley and Gaga are those types of people and I’m that type of person to just put in 100 percent and I think that we are all real proud of what came out.”
Gaga’s costars couldn’t have spoken more kindly of the mega pop star turned actress, including Anthony Ramos who played her best friend in the film. As the movie is already receiving critical acclaim, the actor is starting to get more opportunities and recognition, which is something Gaga knows a thing or two about.
“Gaga is amazing, how can you not learn from somebody like that? Just the other day I said, ‘Steph, I’m having record label meetings now and it’s getting real.’ And she said, ‘Well, you just gotta learn how to swim with the sharks kid.’ That’s just the kind of person she is. And when she performs and she’s on set everything she gives, she’s just so open that you just can’t help but give all of that back.”
‘A Star Is Born’ will be released nationwide on October 5th!