PETA is recognizing Bradley Cooper for casting his dog, Charlie, in his new film A Star Is Born (out today, Oct. 5).
The animal rights organization announced on Thursday (Oct. 4) that the 43-year-old actor will be honored with the inaugural companion in film award for performing alongside his own pup, instead of one from Hollywood’s animal exhibitors.
“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,’” Lisa Lange, PETA’s senior vice president, said. “PETA has witnessed so much abuse and neglect of dogs, both on and off set, that we’re hoping Cooper’s kind decision sets a precedent for all of Hollywood to follow.”
Charlie appears in the film as the dog belonging to Cooper and Gaga’s characters, Jack and Ally.