But being a young actor, Cooper said, “I knew, deep down, I hadn’t lived enough and wouldn’t play that character.” But then he did – he played hardened Navy S.E.A.L. sniper Chris Kyle in Eastwood’s American Sniper. Both Eastwood and Cooper were watching Annie Lennox perform I Put a Spell on You on TV, and Cooper was blown away by how fierce her performance was, singing with her veins throbbing in her neck.
He suggested to Eastwood that they consider A Star Is Born again. He wasn’t into it, so Cooper, who already had the beginning of the film and how it would look in his head, pitched to then-Warner Bros. production boss Greg Silverman.