“Behind the Glam: Unforgettable Red Carpet Moments with Lady Gaga and Scarlett Johansson at Venice Film Festival”

As the 80th Venice Film Festival is scheduled to commence on Wednesday, its artistic director Alberto Barbera has shared some touching experiences he had while observing Lady Gaga and Scarlett Johansson, two prominent stars of the festival.

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The yearly celebration is not just any film festival. It holds the title of being the oldest in the world and is widely regarded as one of the most significant. As a result, it plays a crucial role in determining early predictions for some of the year’s highly-anticipated movies that could potentially win an Oscar.

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The celebration consistently lures top-tier celebrities, like George and Amal Clooney, who were seen in Venice before the event on Wednesday.

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In an interview with The Guardian, Barbera shared his thoughts on the ongoing strikes in Hollywood and gave insights into what to expect from this year’s festival lineup. As the festivities approach, he expressed his opinions freely and openly.

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In addition, Barbera shared his thoughts on Gaga’s first-ever festival appearance for the movie A Star Is Born in 2018 and Johansson’s touching reaction during the premiere of Under the Skin in 2013. He even mentioned that it was one of the most terrible screenings he has ever witnessed.

Opening up: With the 80th Venice Film Festival slated to begin on Wednesday, the festival's artistic director Alberto Barbera is opening up about some emotional moments he witnessed from stars Lady Gaga and Scarlett Johansson.

Getting Candid: As the 80th Venice Film Festival approaches its opening day on Wednesday, Alberto Barbera, the festival’s artistic director, has decided to share some touching experiences that he witnessed involving Hollywood heavyweights like Lady Gaga and Scarlett Johansson.

Premiere ready: He also reflected on Gaga's festival debut in 2018 for A Star Is Born

In preparation for the premiere, Barbera fondly recollected Gaga’s debut at a festival in 2018 for her role in A Star Is Born. He recounted how both Gaga and Cooper were present on the red carpet in the rain, but Gaga refused to enter the theater. However, her reason for doing so was quite generous; she wanted to continue signing autographs for her fans. After seeking shelter in Barbera’s office to dry off and reapply her makeup, Gaga admitted that she was nervous because it was her first time acting in a film. Despite being an experienced performer with large concerts under her belt, she felt like a debutante in the world of acting.

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Barbera reminisced about taking his date to the theatre, where he comforted her as she cried at the end of the movie. Meanwhile, Johansson’s premiere of Under the Skin had a surprising reaction from the audience, resulting in the only time a film was booed. Barbera revealed that Johansson was almost in tears but he reassured her that with time, the film would be recognized. True to his words, the movie has become a cult favorite even though it only earned $6 million worldwide from a $13 million budget. The film follows Johansson’s character, an alien seductress who preys on lonely men in Scotland.

Wouldn't come in: Barbera said both Gaga and Cooper were on the red carpet for A Star Is Born in the rain, but Gaga refused to come inside the theater... for a rather benevolent reason

Barbera mentioned that during the rainy red carpet event for A Star Is Born, Gaga and Cooper were present, but Gaga decided not to enter the theater. However, it was for a kind and generous reason.

Autographs: 'Lady Gaga refused to get into the theatre because she wanted to keep signing autographs for her fans,' Barbera said

Barbera mentioned that Lady Gaga declined to enter the theater as she was more interested in signing autographs for her admirers.

Crying: 'I put my arm around her shoulders and took her into the theatre. At the end of the film, she was crying,' Barbera added

As per Barbera, he comforted her by placing his arm around her shoulders and escorted her into the theatre. After the movie concluded, she was teary-eyed.

Audience: As for Johansson, her premiere screening of Under the Skin earned a surprising reaction from the audience, revealing, 'it was the only time the audience booed a film'

Johansson’s movie, Under the Skin, had a surprising reaction from the audience during its premiere screening. In fact, it was the only film that received boos from the audience. Nevertheless, it became a cult classic and was even voted as the best British film of the 21st century in a 2022 poll of British film critics. Meanwhile, A Star Is Born was a critical and commercial success, earning a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and grossing $436 million worldwide from a $36 million budget. Johansson’s recent works include Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City and the upcoming movie, North Star, which will be shown in theaters on September 7.

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