If you haven’t seen A Star Is Born and you don’t want the ending spoiled, you’ve been warned: don’t read on! If you have, here goes: the ending of the movie, in the version we all watched, was Jackson committing suicide by hanging himself in his garage. The final scene of the movie was Ally singing a song on stage that Jackson wrote for her. Apparently, though, this almost didn’t happen.
Toby Emmerich, the chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, told Variety that the original script had a very different finale. In the first ending, Jackson “actually swims out into the ocean, where he commits suicide.” Then the ending changed again. Emmerich said, “The script that we had when he started shooting, he rides his motorcycle.” He describes it as more similar to the ending of the 1976 version. Eventually, though, Cooper changed his mind. Emmerich says he thinks the end result was the best, saying, “When I watch the movie now, I can’t imagine it ending any other way.”