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Leonard Bernstein’s Household Defends Bradley Cooper’s ‘Maestro’ Nostril

There could also be one other nose-related controversy on the Oscars this 12 months. Netflix’s Maestro, starring Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein, has impressed the web’s ire attributable to Cooper’s option to put on a prosthetic nostril within the biopic to painting the legendary musician. (Cooper additionally co-wrote and directed the film.) Bernstein’s property has launched a press release in help of Cooper, saying they’re “completely effective” with Cooper’s use of a prosthetic. 

The backlash started shortly after the primary trailer for Maestro dropped on Tuesday. The clip lastly revealed Cooper’s tackle Leonard Bernstein, the composer, music educator, and conductor who composed West Aspect Story. Web detractors referred to as Cooper’s use of a prosthetic nostril to painting Bernstein, who was Jewish, “anti-semitic.” “Bradley Cooper shouldn’t be taking part in Leonard Bernstein,” reads one typical tweet. “He shouldn’t be carrying a prosthetic nostril. That is Jew-face & is as serous & offensive as Black-face or the racializing of different minorities. Cease erasing Jews. Cease erasing Jew-hate. Jews do rely.”

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By Wednesday, Bernstein’s three youngsters—Jamie Bernstein, Alexander Bernstein, and Nina Bernstein—had launched a joint assertion standing behind Cooper. “Bradley Cooper included the three of us alongside each step of his wonderful journey as he made this movie about our father,” started the assertion. “We have been touched to the core to witness the depth of his dedication, his loving embrace of our father’s music and the sheer open hearted pleasure he dropped at his exploration. It breaks our hearts to see any misrepresentations or misunderstandings of his efforts”

The assertion went on to instantly handle Cooper’s use of a prosthetic. “It occurs to be true that Leonard Bernstein had a pleasant, huge nostril,” the assertion continues. “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 could be effective with it as properly. Any strident complaints round this subject strike us above all as disingenuous makes an attempt to deliver a profitable individual down a notch—a follow we noticed all too typically perpetrated on our personal father.”

Bernstein directs and stars in Maestro reverse Carey Mulligan, who portrays his spouse, Felicia Bernstein. The buzzy movie has already scored Oscar buzz for each Cooper and Mulligan, who painting the couple over the course of their tumultuous 25-year marriage. It was just lately introduced that the movie will premiere at New York Movie Pageant at David Geffen Corridor alongside a efficiency from Bernstein’s beloved New York Philharmonic on October 2nd.

Maestro is a bravura achievement for its director and star, a piece of conviction and creativeness that does justice to the brilliance and complexity of its topic,” mentioned Dennis Lim, creative director of the New York Movie Pageant. “We’re honored to have Bradley Cooper’s enthralling movie as a gala presentation at this 12 months’s pageant, and doubly so to be displaying it in a venue that’s synonymous with Leonard Bernstein.”

The Bernsteins ended their assertion by stating that Cooper had a “profound respect” for each of their dad and mom. “We really feel lucky to have had this expertise with Bradley, and we will not look ahead to the world to see his creation.”