Bradley Cooper Thought ‘Maybe We Don’t Need’ Fake Nose for ‘Maestro,’ but ‘It Just Didn’t Look Right’ Without It: ‘We Had to Do It’
21.11.2023 - 18:29
Zack Sharf Digital News Director When backlash over Bradley Cooper‘s nose prosthetic in “Maestro” first erupted in August ahead of the film’s world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, Cooper himself could not speak out to defend his choice as it was in the midst of the SAG-AFTRA strike. He finally got the opportunity to do so during an interview with “CBS Mornings,” explaining that he first attempted to play famed composer Leonard Bernstein without the prosthetic but ultimately decided “we just had to do it.” “Nothing catches me off guard,” Cooper said when asked about the initial backlash over the fake nose. “You never know what’s going to happen.
I’ve done this whole project out of love and it’s so clear to me where I come from. My nose is very similar to Lenny’s actually. The prosthetic is actually like a silk sheet.” “I thought, ‘Maybe we don’t need to do it because we could take time off prep,'” Cooper continued.
“But it’s all about balance, and, you know, my lips are nothing like Lenny’s, and my chin. And so we had that, and it just didn’t look right [without the prosthetic]…we just had to do it, otherwise I just wouldn’t believe he’s a human being.” Cooper has earned critical acclaim for his performance in the film, which he also directed and co-wrote. As soon as the backlash started in August, the real Leonard Bernstein’s children — Jamie, Alexander and Nina — issued a joint statement defending Cooper.
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