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How actors-turned-directors first film directing sets the course for their career




Actor Bradley Cooper attends the 'A Star Is Born' premiere during the 66th San Sebastian International Film Festival on September 29, 2018 in San Sebastian, Spain.
Actor Bradley Cooper attends the 'A Star Is Born' premiere during the 66th San Sebastian International Film Festival on September 29, 2018 in San Sebastian, Spain.
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Bradley Cooper makes his directorial debut this week in the reboot of “A Star Is Born,” in which he also stars.

It’s fairly common these days to see seasoned actors try their hand at directing a film -- think Clint Eastwood, Angelina Jolie, Greta Gerwig, Robert Redford or Ron Howard,  just to name a few.

So far, “A Star Is Born” has received strong reviews, but will that translate at the box office? And what do these actors-turned directors’ first films tell us about the rest of their directing careers?

Guests:

Lael Loewenstein, KPCC film critic; she tweets @LAELLO

Wade Major, film critic for KPCC and CineGods.com