Leonard Bernstein’s youngsters defend Bradley Cooper’s prosthetic nostril after ‘Maestro’ is criticized


NEW YORK (AP) — After Bradley Cooper’s prosthetic nostril within the trailer for the upcoming Leonard Bernstein biopic “Maestro” stoked criticism of antisemitism, the conductor’s youngsters have come to the protection of the actor.

The teaser trailer for “Maestro,” which Cooper directs and stars in, debuted Tuesday and provided the primary close-up take a look at Cooper’s make-up and efficiency as the nice American composer and longtime music director of the New York Philharmonic. Cooper, who is just not Jewish, dons a prosthetic nostril as a part of his transformation into Bernstein, who was.

Bradley Cooper co-wrote, directed, and stars within the upcoming movie “Maestro” about Leonard Bernstein’s life. (Supply: Netflix)

To some, Cooper’s nostril within the trailer appeared just like the form of outsized caricature that has been a daily function of Jewish portrayals all through movie historical past. The nonprofit group Cease Antisemitism referred to as it “sickening.”

“Hollywood forged Bradley Cooper — a non-Jew — to play Jewish legend Leonard Bernstein and caught a disgusting exaggerated ‘Jew nostril’ on him,” the group tweeted on X.

Bernstein’s three youngsters — Jamie, Alexander and Nina Bernstein — on Wednesday issued an announcement supporting Cooper, saying they had been “touched to the core to witness the depth of (Cooper’s) 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 stated. “It occurs to be true that Leonard Bernstein had a pleasant, huge nostril. Bradley selected to make use of make-up to amplify his resemblance, and we’re completely wonderful with that. We’re additionally sure that our dad would have been wonderful with it as effectively.”

The Bernstein youngsters added that “strident complaints about this concern strike us above all as disingenuous makes an attempt to deliver a profitable particular person down a notch — a follow we noticed perpetrated all too usually on our father.”

A consultant for Cooper declined to remark. Netflix, which is distributing the movie, additionally wouldn’t remark.

“Maestro” is ready to premiere subsequent month on the Venice Movie Competition. Netflix will launch it in choose theaters Nov. 22 and on the streaming platform on Dec. 20.

The Cooper-Bernstein state of affairs is multilayered; it touches not solely the problem of stereotyping however the bigger query of casting in the case of sure teams. Lately, there was a lot debate all through the appearing world over who can and will painting sure characters, significantly in an atmosphere the place some teams have struggled over the many years to get common and substantive work in Hollywood.

Emma Stone was criticized over and apologized for enjoying a half-Asian character in Cameron Crowe’s 2015 movie “Aloha.” Tom Hanks has stated if “Philadelphia” (1993) was made immediately, it could star a homosexual actor, “and rightly so.” Some LGBTQ+ advocates have argued that trans roles like Jeffrey Tambor’s in “Clear” and Eddie Redmayne’s in “The Danish Lady” should have been performed by trans performers.

These discussions have been largely centered on the genuine portrayals of ethnic minorities and LGBTQ+ characters, however some have argued the identical perspective also needs to apply to Jewish characters. The stereotype of the massive Jewish nostril specifically has persevered in by means of centuries, from Shakespeare’s Shylock to Nazi propaganda. “Whereas the hooked nostril is however one antisemitic caricature of many, it’s significantly pernicious in that it’s assumed to be true,” writes the Media Variety Institute.

“Jews Don’t Rely” writer David Baddiel earlier this 12 months criticized the casting of Irish actor Cillian Murphy as Jewish physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer in Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer,” together with the casting of Helen Mirren as former Israel Prime Minister Golda Meir within the upcoming movie “Golda.”

“Casting administrators at the moment are frightened to forged besides consistent with the minority they’re casting,” Baddiel informed the Occasions. “However they aren’t so nervous about Jews.”

Others have argued that transformation is an innate side of appearing. Mark Harris, the Hollywood writer and journalist, dismissed the controversy.

“We’re not going to begin fall film season with a silly ‘backlash’ controversy over an actor carrying make-up in order that he can extra carefully resemble the historic determine he’s taking part in,” Harris wrote on X. “That’s what actors have completed for many years and can proceed to do.”


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