Los Angeles, Dec 16 (PTI) Hollwyood star Bradley Cooper says veteran actor Robert De Niro motivated him to take the idea of directing a film seriously. Also Read - Lady Gaga Wells up as She Bags Her First Oscar Award For Shallow From A Star Is Born

Cooper, who made his directorial debut with critically-acclaimed “A Star Is Born”, says De Niro urged him to turn director during their time on “Limitless”. Also Read - Chris Hemsworth to play Hulk Hogan in new Netflix film

”I tried to get him to do this movie, ‘Limitless’, and combine two characters. That was the first time I tried to cast a movie, even though I wasn’t the director, and I went to see him in his hotel room. Also Read - .LosAngeles LST8 PERRY-FASHION-CRITICISM Katy Perry's fashion line under fire for 'blackface' shoes, stores pull designs

”I was pitching him the whole thing and then he wound up saying yes, which blew my mind because he was my hero. After that movie, he said he thought I should direct,” Cooper told the Hollywood Reporter.

“A Star Is Born” also features Lady Gaga.

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