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The nine-time Oscar-nominee has undergone a drastic transformation for his role as legendary Broadway composer Leonard Bernstein - who is considered to be one of the most important conductors of his time - for the biopic about his life.
This week Bradley was snapped wearing a prosthetic nose, grey wig and wrinkles while filming a scene in New York’s Central Park alongside his co-star Carey Mulligan, who plays Bernstein's wife Felicia Montealegre.
After the images were posted online, fans quickly took to social media to share their thoughts on the actor’s dramatic change of appearance.
“Holy crap. Doesn't even look like him,” one person wrote, followed by another who added, “He looks incredible”.
“Amazing! I see a future Oscar nomination for the costume and makeup department,” a third said.
“Full on thought that was Sean Penn…” someone else shared, while another remarked, “I thought it was Mr Bean”.
“He'd be a great Barry Manilow!” a different user replied.
While there were plenty of people who praised the look and shared their excitement for the upcoming film, a number of social media users criticised the casting of Bradley Cooper to play a Jewish man.
“Bradley Cooper is wearing Jew-face in his new movie, Maestro, where he plays Leonard Bernstein,” Jewish author Ben M. Freeman tweeted. “He is a non-Jew wearing a prosthetic nose to play a Jewish character. This is anti-Jewish racism.”
“Beyond abominable,” another agreed, while someone else replied, “So stereotypical of them to do that to make him look Jewish.”
However, others argued that the Silver Linings Playbook star was simply changing his appearance for a role because that is his job as an actor.
“Nicole Kidman also got a different nose to play Virginia Woolf, they are trying to make him look like the character,” one person commented.
“He is an actor with a small nose wearing a prosthetic nose to play a character with a big nose,” a different user declared.
Bradley will star as the legendary West Side Story composer in Maestro alongside Carey Mulligan, Jeremy Strong, Matt Bomer, Maya Hawke and Sarah Silverman.
Steven Spielberg was originally attached to direct the drama until the film’s star Bradley Cooper expressed interest in writing and directing it.
“I [told Spielberg], ‘I always felt like I could play a conductor, but may I research the material and see if I can write it and direct it? Would you let me do that?’” he told Variety earlier this year.
“He was kind enough to hand it off to me, and that’s what I’ve been doing for the last four and a half years.”
Maestro is set to be released by Netflix in 2023.
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