Bradley Cooper is facing criticism for his performance in “Jewface” after the 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 The 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 likeness, 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.”