Chris Cornell Eerie Similarities To A-List Star In New Movie Revealed


While Bradley Cooper received advice and inspiration on his role as Jackson Maine in his new film A Star As Born from Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, there are also some striking similarities between Jackson and late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. Jackson’s beard and hairstyle resembles both Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell, and his guitar looks very similar to Cornell’s signature green Gibson guitar. He also wears a dog tag pendant, like Cornell did. Also a spoiler to those who have not seen the film, but Jackson tragically dies in a suicide by hanging at the end of the film, though this is likely a coincidence as the film was written before Cornell and other celebrities passed away, and started filming shortly before his death.

Fans on Twitter also noted the similarity, with Ruen D. Smith tweeting, “Watched a star is born. Film was mediocre, but reminded me of chris cornell such a great loss.”

Look at me when I’m talking to you tweeted, “Listened to Black Eyes off of the A Star Is Born soundtrack earlier. Uh, somebody was listening to a lot of Chris Cornell when they wrote it… AND when they sang it. Cooper’s doing such a straight Chris impression that it actually hurt to listen to. #noonesingslikeyouanymore.”

Vince Bob tweeted, “A Star Is Born reminds me of the tragedy of Chris Cornell and ofcourse Chester..”

Will Boone tweeted, “Watched A Star is Born this past weekend. Brought memories of @chriscornell The Guitar Bradley Cooper played and the Ending. Rocked out the rest of the day to his music. Then downloaded the soundtrack @ladygaga I am a fan now!#loudlove #noonesinglikeyouanymore #keepthepromise.”

Cooper told Yahoo in a recent interview that his character in A Star Is Born is a mix of John Norman Howard from the original film and other artists.

“It was an amalgamation, on a subconscious level.”

Cooper told Yahoo than his friend Eddie Vedder helped him create the character Jackson Maine, and gave him tips on songs he was writing for the film. Vedder wrote music for Into the Wild in 2007, featuring the hits “Hard Sun” and “Rise” that have become classics.

“I went up to Seattle and spent four or five days with him and I asked him 9,000 questions,” Cooper revealed. “And he gave me minor, little things that only musicians know about what to do, just aesthetically and the inner workings.”

Vedder’s did have trepidation though about Cooper doing the film. “He thought it was crazy I was going to do this movie,” Cooper laughed. “He was like, ‘What? Bro, don’t do that.’ Cooper said that Vedder was ‘wonderful.’

  • Woody

    So does anyone proof read this stuff before it is posted? “late Soundgarden front man Eddie Vedder”

  • makingconnections

    I liked this movie a lot. The acting was supurb. It’s had different lives–put out in the 50’s I believe an of course 30 years or so ago with Kris Kristoferson and Barbara Streisand. The story line has no similarities whatsoever to the life of Chris Cornell and the singing too, did not seem to be imitating anyone.

    • Kay B

      I find it silly that you, I and others have been ridiculed because of our comments about Vicky yet articles come out like this one that seriously have nothing to do with Chris. It’s like “You guys are bastards for what you say, buuuuuuut I’m still going to put articles about Chris on here even if they have nothing to do with him so I can trigger and stir the pot…..But for for Christ’s sake do not comment on it! You rude assholes…..Now, what article can I put on here tomorrow about Chris and/or Vicky?”

      • makingconnections

        Good point!

        There have been so many lame articles based on someone’s Instagram comment (usually Vicky’s) and the attempt to draw people in and possibly know something substantial about Chris Cornell’s passing is obvious — I say he’s been used terribly.

  • el

    jesus, the ‘a star is born’ theme existed before mr. cornell came onto the scene. such a need to attach the man to everything going on is like blaming trump for all the world’s ills which people are actually doing — save it.


      Exactly. People just love drawing parallelisms and conspiracy theories on any kind of situation. It’s an instant trend.


    I listened to the soundtrack from beginning to end and I don’t think that Cooper sounded like Chris Cornell at all. You can say he sounded a little bit like Steve Earle in “Alibi”.