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That's Bradley Cooper's actual dang dog in A Star Is Born

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Sure, A Star Is Born is sweet, sad, sweeping, and cathartic, but did you see that dang dog? That shaggy bundle is named Charlie and not only is he a very good actor, he also belongs to director/star Bradley Cooper. Charlie, Cooper revealed, is named after his late father, who passed away in 2011, if you felt like having your swell just a few sizes more.

“There was no nepotism — I wanted this relationship with the dog,” Cooper told People at the film’s Los Angeles premiere. “[Jackson and Ally] don’t have a child together but they have a dog together, and I wanted it to be part of their story. I love dogs.”

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PETA, also, are such huge fans of Charlie that they bestowed Cooper with a brand new award for Compassion In Film. “Bradley Cooper’s happy, adorable, and much-loved dog steals the spotlight—and viewers’ hearts—in this film because it’s clear that he loved being with his real-life dad,” said a PETA senior vice president in a press release.

The press release added, “PETA has witnessed so much abuse and neglect of dogs, both on and off set that we’re hoping Cooper’s kind decision [to cast his own dog] sets a precedent for all of Hollywood to follow.”

Chris Evans, we’re looking in your direction.

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Randall Colburn

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.