Thoughts on ‘A Star is Born’ and the Void That We All Face

“Tell me somethin’, girl Are you happy in this modern world? Or do you need more? Is there somethin’ else you’re searchin’ for?”

You may recognize these lyrics from the Oscar nominated song, “Shallow,” which is featured in the movie, “A Star is Born”, featuring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, who both were also nominated for their lead roles in this film. This is the fourth time “A Star is Born” has been made into a movie, starring big names such as Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. Perhaps the reason this story keeps making its way back is because there is just something so familiar about it. We’ve all seen it play out in real life so many times as well, haven’t we?

In this version, which is the best in my opinion, Bradley Cooper portrays a hard-drinking, drug using musician named Jackson Maine. He discovers an extremely talented woman named Ally, played by Lady Gaga, while she was singing in a drag bar. Jackson falls madly in love with her and helps launch her music career. As Ally’s fame begins to rise, Jackson falls deeper and deeper into treacherous drug use, fueled by his jealousy of his discovery.

In one of the most powerful scenes in the film, Jackson calls Ally out on stage to perform a song she wrote alongside him, and she begins to sing:

“Tell me something, boy Aren’t you tired tryin’ to fill that void? Or do you need more? Ain’t it hard keeping it so hardcore?”

We have all felt this void before, haven’t we? Even Lady Gaga herself has spoken of it in her own personal life. In an interview she once said, “I would go back to my apartment every day and I would just sit there. It was quiet and it was lonely. It was just my piano and myself. I have a television, and I would leave it on all the time just to feel like somebody was hanging out with me.”

It surprises us that superstars like Lady Gaga feel the same things we do, doesn’t it? But here’s the bottom line: stars, just like the rest of us, must come face to face with the same emptiness, loneliness and reality of their own mortality. There is no amount of fame or influence that can separate you from these feelings, and of course, you can’t pay your way out of death. It’s something we all will face.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Greg Laurie

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