He is so good looking that it´s okay for heterosexual men to say so. This puts him in the same league as Brad Pitt where he’s seen as a male archetype, as someone men want to look like.
His girlfriend is a Russian super model. He was named one of the world’s highest paid actors for three years. He’s a singer/songwriter. He is fluent in French, which means he can, with his blue eyes as a second force, woo every French chick out there with a positive result.
Let me, however, go into his two biggest crimes:
1) A Star is Born
He restored my faith along with many others, in a well-crafted, romantic movie—as opposed to the infantile Hollywood productions they usually hammer out with a plot that can’t challenge anybody´s emotional intelligence—with a A Star Is Born, which he both directed and took the main lead in. In order to do so, he took voice-coaching lessons for 18 months.
I am sure Bradley knew that he and his partner in crime, Stefani Germanotta, would never win any major Oscars for their acting, which is over-the-top authentic. Spiritual. Maybe he didn’t know prior to reading in mainstream media that’ Black Panther’ really should win that Oscar. And surely, he must have known that the question of race and acknowledgement long ago had been weaponized into: ‘Nothing to do with art, folks, it’s all about the color of your skin’ – and I can calmly conclude that awards in both Europe and America are shall we say: Very Biased.
The authenticity between Bradley and Stefani even got to a point at the Oscars, where their performance of ‘In the Shallow‘ while staying in character was used by the same mainstream media to claim they were having an affair and this was the display of it, right in front of Bradley’s girlfriend was sitting right in front of them.
This basically exposed the same mainstream media’s zero understanding of acting and pure art even when it unfolds before their very eyes… Another anti-Bradley/Gaga Twitter Shitstorm emerged.
All designed to take him down, and even targeting his relationship as well, “even though they recently had a baby”! Just how cold can he get? And an offended choir of more or less well-known has-beens stepped in eying a chance for a spot in the limelight that seemed to have abandoned them. It’s called: Acting.
Stefani knows that Bradley brought out the actor in her that was hidden even to herself despite the fact she had acted before. Now, she found her deepest layer. Which enabled her to step out of her Lady Gaga persona. Why shouldn’t she look at him with love and gratitude in her eyes? Bradley as a shaman.
He plays a worn-out country-rock star with hardly any blood rolling in his alcohol stream. Bradley didn’t take the popular and acceptable approach there: Which would be, in this time of mass offence, just to pull the male chauvinist cliché such a narrative would invite and suck up to that.
No, Bradley took the scenic route and plays his heart out with all the hurt, longing for connection, fragility, and insecurity that contradicts the chauvinist take and the collective need to box that into a cliché that would feed the: ‘White chauvenist’ agenda.
He manifests the feminine and the masculine energy into a perfect and deadly cocktail. Ever so gentle and vulnerable he treats his protégé, until she betrays him and, in his opinion, loses her soul to sucking up to what is popular and mainstream. When it’s too late, she realizes that also.
So, in a way Bradley also foresees how the movie will be received: ´Stay in your vision of creativity – do not conform into dumbing down.’ Which made it possible for him to make a main stream movie that morphs into art with respect for his audience.
Even the ‘Snake in Paradise’— Stefani’s manager in the movie—isn’t exposed for what he is: A murderer of souls. That is trusting your audience to actually being able to connect the dots.
The process, synergy, and authenticity between Bradley and Stefani is rare, beautiful, and highly involving. We believe them. They simply are in love. And the way to that is Method Acting. That is one thing. Another is the ‘hurt’ and the vulnerability they both have in the close encounter scenes. It is a stroke of Beautifulness painted with the delicate soft pen of an impressionist painter.
2). His relationship with Clint Eastwood
With Eastwoods latest movie ‘The Mule‘, where Bradley along with Eastwood plays the main lead, some critics say—and I believe they are right— he passes the torch to Bradley.
Eastwood, as both an actor and a director, stands for Craftsmanship. A movie is a piece of art. And with Eastwood’s non-intellectual approach, he brings art into the cinema without ever going funky fancy arty-farty but is obviously in love with ‘common folks’ drama.
Gran Torino and The Mule are the most obvious ones, along with Million Dollar Baby, which became a game changer in the movie industry. Back to the old school of filmmaking.
The problem with Eastwood is that he doesn’t care about what Hollywood thinks is politically correct or not. He doesn’t have to follow the strange arrow through the air of Hollywood liberals and the ‘race’ issue or the ‘genderbender’ issue…
Eastwood is old school masculine and old school creative, and he has the same ambience as Bradley – it’s okay for heteroes to want to look like him and be like him. I am not factoring in Eastwood’s early violent work as an actor/director, where I think it’s fair to say: Yes – toxic masculinity. (The controversy his American Sniper stirred up, accused Eastwood and Bradley for exactly that. Well, they were portraying a sniper and not a kinder garden teacher)
Eastwood had previously changed all that with Million Dollar Baby where he took a new path and everybody should have the freedom to do so. Eastwood sees true art in Bradley and knows his commitment. They are brothers in arms for the sake of art and the love of good honest movie making.
The obvious problem is when art gets weaponized beyond its manifestations and these small-minded agendas of ‘political correctness’ determine what to think, and how to see and feel about the art – then we are deprived of something very valuable.
On a side note: The same thing is happening to stand-up comedy – when they target that, we are rid of the jester mocking society at its most hypocritical and sore spots. Think Ricky Gervais. We need that! They do not – it takes their self-importance down while pointing to their double standards. The hallmark of satire.
If we can’t see people because of circumstances that we do not agree with, or if we do not subscribe to their (irrelevant) minor personal belief systems, then we are fucked.
Bradley, nor Eastwood, is no racist, and doesn’t think lesser of the opposite sex but adores them in the expressions of a romantic tradition.
Eastwood’s The Mule is basically ignored by mainstream media while it’s selling tickets like a hot dog stand in Greenland.
Meanwhile, Black Panther, which has a plot that could fit the backside of a post stamp, should get an Oscar – because it mainly stars black actors?
I just ain’t a cultural racist weaponizing art more than it already is. And I will not be forced to look at the color of people’s skin. I’ve never done that and I am not starting now. I do not care about the color of anybody´s skin.
If they ruin pure art with irrelevant ‘character assassinations’ – they ruin something very precious. The beauty and the gift of pure talent and the joy of observing that in full display.
Ya, Bradley is just plain offensive. So far from the shallow.
© 2019 Soren Dreier