Directors On Directors
Ridley Scott and Bradley Cooper are shooting wide smiles across cyberspace, trying to recall the last time they laid eyes on one another. “I haven’t seen you since Los Angeles — it was like a…
Ridley Scott and Bradley Cooper are shooting wide smiles across cyberspace, trying to recall the last time they laid eyes on one another.
“I haven’t seen you since Los Angeles — it was like a year and a half ago?” Cooper wonders aloud. “It must have been, because you’ve done both movies since then.”
The Oscar-nominated actor-turned-director of “A Star Is Born” is referring to 84-year-old Scott’s Herculean efforts in filming “The Last Duel” and “House of Gucci” back to back during the pandemic, plus editing them in a mad dash to have both primed for this year’s awards race.
Scott tells Cooper that in the early days of COVID-19, he found himself shacking up in France’s Dordogne region to film “The Last Duel” — an action movie set in the Middle Ages starring Matt Damon, Jodie Comer, Ben Affleck and Adam Driver — which was “less than a kilometer from where I shot my very first film.” That, coincidentally, was called “The Duelist.”
“The whole experience was terrific, but it was this thing called COVID lurking in this romantically dark landscape,” Scott says of his latest sword-fighting saga. “It was kind of spooky.”
Next came “House of Gucci,” for which Scott cast Lady Gaga in her second lead role in a film (after “A Star Is Born”); she plays Patrizia Reggiani, an Italian social climber who marries into the Gucci family. So naturally, Cooper — who is prepping to direct himself in “Maestro,” a biopic about Leonard Bernstein — traded notes with Scott about working with Gaga.
Watch the full conversation from Variety Directors on Directors presented by MGM Studios and United Artists Releasing above.