Bradley Cooper is facing criticism for his performance in “Jewface” after a trailer for Leonard Bernstein’s biopic was released in which he revealed the facial prosthesis he used for the role.
Bernstein, the son of Jewish-Ukrainian immigrants to America, was a prolific conductor and composer, known for writing the score to West Side Story, composing three symphonies, and serving as music director of the New York Philharmonic. Cooper, who directed, co-wrote and stars in Maestro, is not Jewish and can be seen in the trailer opposite Carey Mulligan, who plays Bernstein’s wife, Felicia Montelegre, with a remarkably fake nose.
British actor and activist Tracy-Ann Oberman criticized Cooper On social mediaWriting: “If [Cooper] If Bradley Cooper can’t, I and many others will have to wear a prosthetic nose equivalent to blackface or yellowface [play the role] Don’t just cast him through power or acting – get a Jewish actor.
Oberman added, referring to Cooper’s 2014 performance on stage as John Merrick in The Elephant Man: “Bradley Cooper was able to play the Elephant Man without a prosthetic, and then he could play the Jewish man.”
In a statement on social mediaBernstein’s children Jamie, Alexander and Nina supported Cooper, saying, “It breaks our hearts to see any misinterpretations or misunderstandings. [Cooper’s] Efforts … Bradley chose to use makeup to amplify his resemblance, and we’re fine with it. We’re sure our dad would have been fine too.
The controversy followed objections to a non-Jewish actor playing nuclear physicist J Robert Oppenheimer in the Christopher Nolan-directed biopic. David Patil explains Performances such as “Satisfaction” and “Double”.[ing] Patil also criticized Helen Mirren’s portrayal of Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meyer, writing in the Guardian, “At a very intense period of progressive discourse about representation and inclusion and microaggressions and minorities, offending a minority and not. — the Jews — have been routinely ignored.”