Actor Bradley Cooper, who stars in, co-wrote and directed the new film A Star Is Born, told Variety that the look of the concert scenes in the film were inspired by a Metallica performance he added a few years ago.

Cooper explained, "I'm a huge fan of Metallica. About six years ago I was at Metallica concert (standing behind the drum kit) and I saw the scope of it . . . and thought, wow, this composition is incredible and that's what it feels to be on stage, to be a rock star. So in the movie you're always on the stage."

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich revealed in 2013 that he had become "good friends" with Cooper, saying, "(He is a) huge Metallica fan. (He) actually flies and comes and sees us play if he's got a day off. Like, 'Where are you playing a gig?' And he'll jump on a plane."

A Star Is Born stars Cooper as an alcoholic musician who discovers and falls in love with a struggling young singer played by pop superstar Lady Gaga, whose career begins to take off just as that of Cooper's character starts to decline. This is the fourth version of the story, which was previously filmed in 1937, 1954 and 1976.