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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.”

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.

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.

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