Bradley Cooper criticised for prosthetic nostril in ‘Maestro’; Leonard Bernstein’s kids defend him

Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein in a scene from ‘Maestro’
| Photograph Credit score: Jason McDonald

Actor Bradley Cooper will subsequent be seen in Maestro, a movie which he directs and stars in as Jewish conductor-composer Leonard Bernstein. The movie has courted controversy for a prosthetic nostril Cooper wears, which some say evokes antisemitic stereotypes whereas others name it an inaccurate portrayal of Bernstein. 

Bernstein’s three kids have now come to the protection of Cooper on Wednesday. “It breaks our hearts to see any misrepresentations or misunderstandings of his efforts,” they stated. “It occurs to be true that Leonard Bernstein had a pleasant, large nostril. Bradley selected to make use of make-up to amplify his resemblance, and we’re completely effective with that. We’re additionally sure that our dad would have been effective with it as nicely.”

When the primary look pictures from the movie had been revealed final 12 months, some questioned the choice by Cooper, who shouldn’t be Jewish, to play Bernstein, who died in 1990. The Netflix movie options him reverse Carey Mulligan as Bernstein’s spouse, Felicia Montealegre Bernstein.

Maestro may have its North American premiere on the New York Movie Competition in October earlier than which, the movie be screened subsequent month on the Venice Movie Competition. After a theatrical launch within the USA in November, the movie will debut on Netflix in December. 

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