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Leonard Bernstein’s family defend Bradley Cooper’s prosthetic nose backlash: ‘Breaks our hearts’ – TheFantasyTimes

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By Jitin Gambhir

Leonard Bernstein’s family defend Bradley Cooper’s prosthetic nose backlash: ‘Breaks our hearts’

Bradley Cooper’s prosthetic nose in the movie “Maestro” has received support from the family of renowned composer Leonard Bernstein amidst a heated debate on social media. The trailer for the Netflix film, in which Cooper portrays Bernstein, sparked backlash due to his altered appearance. However, Bernstein’s children, Jamie, Alexander, and Nina, have expressed their full support for Cooper’s portrayal, stating that he involved them throughout the process. They were deeply moved by his dedication, passion for their father’s music, and the genuine joy he brought to the role. The family also clarified that their father had a distinctive nose, and Cooper chose to enhance the resemblance using makeup, which they fully endorsed. They believe that Leonard Bernstein himself would have approved of Cooper’s portrayal. The children of Leonard Bernstein also criticized the complaints against Cooper, considering them disingenuous attempts to undermine a successful individual, a practice they witnessed frequently directed at their father. They emphasized the respect and love Bradley Cooper displayed towards their father and their mother, Felicia. In conclusion, they expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to collaborate with Cooper and eagerly anticipated sharing his creation with the world. The trailer for “Maestro,” released by Netflix, describes the film as a fearless love story between Leonard Bernstein and his wife, Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein, played by Carey Mulligan. The movie explores their complex relationship over a span of 30 years, amidst Bernstein’s numerous affairs with men. Bradley Cooper, who is of Irish-Italian heritage and raised Catholic, directed the film, with Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese serving as producers. Cooper co-wrote the script alongside Oscar-winning screenwriter Josh Singer, known for his work on “Spotlight.” Cooper faced initial criticism when he was seen wearing the prosthetic nose during filming last summer.

Bradley Cooper’s controversial prosthetic nose has been defended by the family of acclaimed composer Leonard Bernstein following a polarizing debate on social media.

The Oscar nominee transformed into Bernstein for a new Netflix film titled “Maestro” — but was hit with fierce backlash soon after the trailer dropped Tuesday.

Bernstein’s children; Jamie, Alexander and Nina, have thrust their support behind the portrayal, saying Cooper “included all three of us along every step of his amazing journey.”

“We were touched to the core to witness the depth of his commitment, his loving embrace of our father’s music, and the sheer open-hearted joy he brought to his exploration,” the trio said in a statement on social media.

“It breaks our hearts to see any misrepresentations of misunderstandings of his efforts. It happens to be true that Leonard Bernstein had a nice, big nose. Bradley chose to use makeup to amplify his resemblance, and we’re perfectly fine with that.”

Bernstein’s kids said their dad, who died in 1990, “would have been fine with it as well.”


Leonard Bernstein's children Jamie, Alexander and Nina say they support Bradley Cooper's decisions on how he portrayed their father.
Leonard Bernstein’s children Nina, Alexander and Jamie say they support the way Bradley portrayed their father in “Maestro.”
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The Oscar nominee transformed into Bernstein for a new Netflix film titled “Maestro” -- but was hit with fierce backlash soon after the trailer dropped Tuesday for the prosthetic nose he wore.
The Oscar nominee transformed into Bernstein for a new Netflix film titled “Maestro” — but was hit with fierce backlash soon after the trailer dropped Tuesday for the prosthetic nose he wore.
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Bernstein’s kids said their dad, who died in 1990, "would have been fine with it as well."
Bernstein’s kids said their dad, who died in 1990, “would have been fine with it as well.”
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“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,” they continued.

“At all times during the making of this film, we could feel the profound respected and yes, the love that Bradley brought to his portrait of Leonard Bernstein and his wife, our mother Felicia.”

“We feel so fortunate to have had this experience with Bradley, and we can’t wait for the world to see his creation,” they concluded.

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Netflix released the film’s trailer Tuesday, describing the movie as a “fearless love story” between the composer and his wife, Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein, played by “Promising Young Woman” star Carey Mulligan.


Netflix released the film's trailer Tuesday, describing the movie as a “fearless love story” between the composer and his wife, Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein, played by "Promising Young Woman" star Carey Mulligan.
Netflix released the film’s trailer Tuesday, describing the movie as a “fearless love story” between the composer and his wife, Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein, played by “Promising Young Woman” star Carey Mulligan.
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Bernstein with his wife Felicia Montealegre and children Jamie and Alexander.
Bernstein with his wife Felicia and children Jamie and Alexander.
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The film will span 30 years and focus on the complex story of Bernstein’s marriage to Chilean-born actress Felicia Montealegre amid his multitude of affairs with men.
The film will span 30 years and focus on the complex story of Bernstein’s marriage to Chilean-born actress Felicia Montealegre amid his multitude of affairs with men.
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The film will span 30 years and focus on the complex story of Bernstein’s marriage to Chilean-born actress Felicia Montealegre amid his multitude of affairs with men.

Cooper, 48, who is of Irish-Italian descent and was raised as a Catholic, directed the Netflix film, while Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese produced it.

Cooper, who co-wrote the script with Oscar-winning “Spotlight” screenwriter Josh Singer, first came under fire when he was spotted wearing the fake nose on set last summer.

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