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‘We Had to Do It’: Bradley Cooper Addresses Controversy Over Use of Prosthetic Nose in Leonard Bernstein Film ‘Maestro’

Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein in a trailer for “Maestro.” Photo: YouTube screenshot

Actor and director Bradley Cooper spoke out for the first time on Tuesday about his use of a prosthetic nose to play the late American Jewish composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein in the film Maestro, a decision that according to critics played into the antisemitic stereotype that Jews have noticeably larger noses.

Cooper — who directs and stars in the movie — admitted during an interview with “CBS Mornings” co-host Gaye King that he was at first against using a prosthetic nose for the film. 

“My nose is very similar to Lenny’s, actually. The prosthetic is actually like a silk sheet and I thought, ‘Maybe we don’t need to do it,’ because we can take down time from prep,” Cooper said. “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]. So we just had to do it.”

He also talked about his pure intentions during the whole process of making Maestro and how he spent six years preparing for his role, which included working with a dialect coach, learning how to conduct an orchestra, and perfecting Bernstein’s mannerisms. 

“The truth is, I’ve done this whole project out of love and it’s so clear to me where I come from,” Cooper said.

Maestro is largely a love story that focuses on Bernstein’s private life, family, and marriage to Costa Rican-American actress Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein, who is played in the movie by Carey Mulligan. The former conductor of the New York Philharmonic, Bernstein was best known for writing the music for West Side Story and won 16 Grammy Awards, seven Emmys, and two Tonys throughout his career.

When the trailer and first-look images for Maestro were released earlier this year, Cooper received backlash for the use of the prosthetic nose in his portrayal of Bernstein. The Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee both defended Cooper’s decision at the time and even Bernstein’s children released a statement supporting the actor.

“It happens to be true that Leonard Bernstein had a nice, big nose,” Bernstein’s family said in part. “Bradley chose to use makeup to amplify his resemblance, and we’re perfectly fine with that. We’re also certain that our dad would have been fine with it as well. Any strident complaints around this issue strike us above all as disingenuous attempts to bring a successful person down a notch — a practice we observed all too often perpetrated on our own father.”

Cooper said during his latest interview that he called Bernstein’s son after the statement came out and cried on the phone while trying to thank him for the family’s support. “This huge emotional exhalation came out [on the phone] and I just was crying so hard I couldn’t even thank him. And he started crying,” Cooper remembered. “It was an incredible moment. I couldn’t believe that gesture. It was very moving to me.”

Maestro will premiere on Netflix on Dec. 20.



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Gallant: Seizing Internal Hamas Documents Brings Hostage Deal Closer

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant meeting with IDF commanders, including members of the elite Shayetet 13 marine commando unit, in Atlit, Israel, Jan. 17, 2023. Photo: Ariel Hermoni (Israel’s Ministry of Defense)

i24 NewsIsraeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant provided a review to fellow ministers of weapons and documents belonging to Hamas, which were collected by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Document and Technical Means Collection Unit (Amshat) operating in the Gaza Strip.

“This morning we are hosting the government meeting at the IDF, in the defense establishment, to show the ministers exactly how we are achieving and deepening our achievements and what is coming out of the Gaza Strip,” Gallant explained.

“You can see a small part of the things here – missiles, explosive charges, mines, a great many maps, means of communication, documents, computers, drives, all these things which the IDF uses now on as intelligence, and not only that,” the defense minister continued.

“These demonstrate that we penetrated into the heart of the most sensitive places of Hamas and use their intelligence against them,” Gallant described the process of attaining the documents and weapons, hinting at some of the locations from where it was found.

“We are using their weapons against them, detonating them in the field, all this leads to the consequence of deepening and penetrating the heart of Hamas’ capabilities,” the defense minister said.

“The more we deepen our operations, the closer we get to a realistic deal in order to return the hostages,” Gallant concluded.

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UNRWA Chief Urged to Resign After ‘Absurd’ Pledge of Ignorance

View of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) building in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Photo: Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash90.

i24 NewsIsraeli diplomatic leaders called for the resignation of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) Commissioner-General, Philippe Lazzarini, following denial of knowing about a Hamas data center under the agency’s headquarters in Gaza.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) revealed on Saturday night that Hamas built a vast network of tunnels under the UNRWA headquarters, with a base directly underneath that was even hooked up to its grid.

“The exposure of UNRWA’s Gaza headquarters’ deep involvement with Hamas, including its use for terror activities and as an access point to terror tunnels, requires immediate action,” the Israeli foreign minister, Israel Katz, posted on X.

“Philippe Lazzarini’s claim of unawareness is not only absurd but also an affront to common sense. His prompt resignation is imperative,” Katz concluded.

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, also called for the UNRWA Commissioner-General to resign, responding “it’s not that you didn’t know, it’s that you didn’t WANT to know.”

“We exposed terror tunnels under UNRWA schools and supplied evidence that Hamas’ exploits UNRWA. We implored you to carry out a comprehensive search of all UNRWA facilities in Gaza. But not only did you refuse, you chose to stick your head in the sand,” Erdan added in a detailed post on X.

.@UNLazzarini it’s not that you didn’t know, it’s that you didn’t WANT to know. We exposed terror tunnels under UNRWA schools and supplied evidence that Hamas’ exploits UNRWA. We implored you to carry out a comprehensive search of all UNRWA facilities in Gaza. But not only did… https://t.co/bJsD66OwoO

— Ambassador Gilad Erdan גלעד ארדן (@giladerdan1) February 10, 2024

“Take responsibility and resign today!” the Israeli ambassador said, “Every day we find more proof that in Gaza the UN=Hamas and vice versa. Anything the UN says or claims about Gaza cannot be trusted.”

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