Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga stunned viewers of the Oscars this week with their very intimate performance of 'Shallow' from 'A Star is Born', spurring a lot of chat about the pair.
Mark Ronson has now revealed some new details about the performance during his appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, saying it was Cooper’s idea for the duo to walk on stage from their front row seats in the audience at the start of the performance.
"I think he had a specific vision. I heard Lady Gaga talking about it, so I think it was his thing. That probably might be the only time they ever perform that song together so it made it feel really special," Ronson said.
"Afterwards I went up to him and I was like, ‘You killed it!’ and he was like, ‘Really?!' And I was like, ‘How can you not know?’ But I think that, yeah, he’s not a singer so it was so brave of him to go up and do that."
The music producer and Lady Gaga both won the Oscar for 'Best Original Song' for 'Shallow' at Sunday night’s ceremony.
When Ellen asked him how long it took to write the song, Ronson said:
“It was probably a couple of days. She had this idea for the chorus, she sat down at the piano and she just kind of picked a few chords and then she’s like, ‘I’m off the deep end’ or something and then we all hit the ground running. She’s super fast.”
“And then I think we got the ‘in the shallow’ part a little later. Because I love her songs like ‘Bad Romance’ and… the wild Gaga thing that she does. So I said, ‘We should do something a little weird!’ I know this is for this film and it’s a ballad, but do your weird Gaga thing!”
In Gaga's acceptance speech, she thanked a number of different people including Ronson and Cooper: “Thank you so much. To the Academy for this wonderful honor. Thank you to every single person in this room. Thank you to Mark Ronson, to Anthony Rossomando, to Andrew Wyatt my co-writers, I love them so much. To my sister, my soul mate, I love you. My family is here, I love you, mom and dad. Bradley, there is not a single person on the planet that could’ve sung this song with me but you. Thank you for believing in us, thank you so much.”
Check out Mark Ronson's Ellen interview above.