How Will Smith Almost Landed an Oscar Nominated Role of Bradley Cooper

Published 07/18/2023, 7:00 AM EDT

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There are only a handful of actors who have reached the stardom and success of Will Smith. The Men In Black actor is perhaps one of the most popular actors in the industry. Over the years, the actor has achieved almost everything there is to achieve for an actor. While Smith delivered a series of hits in his career, it took him a while before he won the Oscar with King Richard in 2021. However, it might surprise you to know that the actor nearly bagged a role that almost won the Oscar.

As we all know, often before selecting an actor, multiple stars are taken into consideration. Selecting an actor for a role is a complex and equally long process. Likewise, Will Smith was also about to play the role that later went on to become Bradley Cooper’s most iconic performance. As reported by Giant Freakin Robots, Beyoncé alongside Will Smith was about to be featured in Clint Eastwood’s A Star Is Born. However, the ‘Crazy In Love’ singer later dropped out as she was pregnant with her first child, Blue Ivy at that time.

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What would have been an iconic pair sadly never happened making way for Bradley Cooper to step into the role. The actor played the part of Jackson Maine alongside popular singer Lady Gaga. We are no strangers to the incredible manner in which Cooper played the role. Not only did he prove to be worthy of it, he even bagged an Oscar nomination for his performance.

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The film was a huge commercial and critical success for the studio. A Star Is Born grossed $215 million in the United States and Canada, while a massive $220 million in other territories. In total, the Bradley Cooper starrer grossed a total of $436 million dollars around the world. While Cooper might have landed the role, him and Smith are actually great friends.

Will Smith and Bradley Cooper’s iconic friendship

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As we all know, Will Smith is one of the most popular actors in the industry today. Apart from being an incredibly established actor, Smith also enjoys some high-profile friendships. And one of his most strong bonds is with Bradley Cooper. The stars go way back and have been friends for years now.

Moreover, the actors have expressed appreciation and support for each other. Surprising as it sounds, Cooper was with the Men In Black star following his Oscar controversy back in 2022. After the actor slapped Chris Rock on stage, it was Cooper who consoled and helped the actor during his breakdown.

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Do you think Smith would have done a good job in the movie? Comment down below.

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