Bradley Cooper has responded for the first time to the controversy that arose before the premiere of his second film Maestro (2023). The director and actor was a guest on CBS Mornings this week, where he stated that Leonard Bernstein ‘just didn’t look good’ in front of the camera without the much-discussed nose prosthesis.
Even before the world premiere of Maestro in Venice, people on social media criticized the fact that the Jewish conductor-composer was visible in the first teaser images with a prosthetic nose. Cooper and the rest of the production team were accused of anti-Semitism, but soon afterwards received support from (of all places) a Jewish interest group. Bernstein’s children also stated that the makers had done nothing wrong.
Still ‘Maestro’ via Netflix/Jason McDonald
The ‘right balance’
In a conversation with CBS Mornings, Cooper indicated that he had initially considered playing the role of Bernstein ‘just’ without a nasal prosthesis:
I thought, ‘maybe it’s not necessary.’ But it’s all about the right balance, and my lips don’t look like Lenny’s, and neither does my chin. So we did it without at first, and it just didn’t look right
Now the film itself
Cooper’s biopic received mostly positive reviews in Venice and will be released in two weeks (7 december) will be shown in select cinemas. On 20 december the Netflix release will then follow.
Image: Still ‘Maestro’ via Netflix/Jason McDonald