Bradley Cooper Made Light Of His Own “Crazy” Demands As A Director After Sparking Backlash Over His “Harsh” No Chairs Policy

Last year, the Maestro director sparked backlash after revealing he’s “always hated chairs” on movie sets because “your energy dips the minute you sit down.”

Looks like Bradley Cooper is poking fun at the chatter around his movie set “demands.”

Bradley Cooper smiling while wearing a suit at a Netflix event

As I’m sure you know, Bradley is known for his acting performances in films like The Hangover and Silver Linings Playbook. But in recent years, he’s been making his mark as a director, too.

A closeup of Bradley Cooper at an event wearing a tuxedo

He made his directorial debut in 2018 with A Star Is Born, in which he also starred alongside Lady Gaga. The film was a roaring success, earning eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Actor and Best Picture.

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga onstage

And now, his second outing as a director is getting just as much hype, with Maestro picking up seven nominations ahead of this year’s Oscars.

Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan at the "Maestro" premiere

In case you’ve not seen it yet, Maestro tells the real life story of conductor Leonard Bernstein and his wife, Felicia Montealegre, played by Bradley and Carey Mulligan.

Leonard Bernstein with white hair, glasses, and a cigarette between his fingers, looking pensively off-camera in a scene from Maestro

In recent months, Bradley has talked at length about what it was like to star in and direct the film, revealing during a conversation with Spike Lee for Variety that he directed the large majority while speaking in Leonard’s voice.

A closeup of Bradley Cooper

It was in this same interview that the actor also sparked a mix of confusion and uproar after revealing that he enforces a strict no chairs policy on his movie sets.

Bradley and Spike are seated, facing each other, in conversation

He also said that there’s “no video village,” which is a term used to describe the area on set where the director’s monitors are, because he doesn’t watch playback.

Closeup of Bradley Cooper

At the time, Bradley’s revelation was met with intense backlash from people who felt that having no chairs on set was “harsh” and even ableist.

Closeup of Bradley Cooper

And now, with the Oscars right around the corner, it seems Bradley is poking fun at his directorial preferences in spite of the public response.

Closeup of Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan on the red carpet

During a panel on Friday with the producers of the 2024 Best Picture nominees, the American Sniper star reflected on the process of getting Maestro off the ground and joked that the “biggest challenge by far was the fucking director.”

Closeup of Bradley Cooper

Despite bagging nominations for Best Picture and Best Actor, Bradley was not nominated for Best Director. When asked about the snub last month, he told Deadline that he was grateful to have been recognized at all.

Closeup of Bradley Cooper

As you may know, Bradley also missed out on a Best Director nomination for A Star Is Born at the 2019 Oscars, too — a fact which he previously said made him feel “embarrassed.”

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga onstage

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