Thu. Sep 21st, 2023

Bradley Cooper faced backlash over makeup choices in his new film (Picture: getty / netflix)

Bradley Cooper came under fire after the trailer for his upcoming film Maestro revealed his transformative makeup many claimed was ‘Jewface’. 

The 48-year-old actor starred as Leonard Bernstein in the composer and conductor’s upcoming biopic that lifted the veil on the musician’s tumultuous romantic affairs. 

Following Netflix’s release of the film’s teaser footage, some claimed the choice of adding a larger nose to Bradley’s face was fuelling antisemitic stereotypes.

British actress Tracy-Ann Oberman led the backlash with an emotive post outlining why she felt the makeup decision was wrong, in her opinion. 

The star, 56, shared a picture of Bradley in costume and penned a long caption sharing her feelings on his prosthetic nose.

She said: ‘All actors should be able to play any part with their skill. however we are living in times where there is huge sensitivity and debate over ethnic & minority representation.

The star came under fire for his character’s nose (Picture: GC Images)
Tracy claimed the prosthetic was unnecessary to play the role (Picture: Netflix)

‘If Bradley Cooper green lights your film to play the Jewish composer Bernstein and you want him over a Jewish A-Lister who can equally play that role – then let Bradley Cooper’s acting be so magnificent and truthful that the character of Bernstein shines through what he already looks like.

‘If he needs to wear a prosthetic nose then that is , to me and many others, the equivalent of Black-Face or Yellow-Face.

‘Cillian could play Oppenheimer because he looks like Oppenheimer and could get the power of the man’s story and Jewishness through the power of his acting, ditto Tom Conti as Einstein didn’t have to ‘wear’ a nose.’

She labelled his makeup as ‘the equivalent of Black-Face’ (Picture: AP)
The actor starred in the movie about the composer and conductor (Picture: GC Images)

The EastEnders actress continued: ‘If Bradley Cooper can’t do it through the power or acting alone then don’t cast him – get a Jewish Actor.

‘Bradley Cooper managed to play the ELEPHANT MAN without a single prosthetic then he should be able to manage to play a Jewish man without one.’

Despite Tracy’s outcry, fellow Jewish actor and West Wing star Joshua Malina held a different view and told Page Six: ‘I do not take issue with Bradley Cooper being made to look like a real person.

‘Were an actor to don a big hooked nose to play Shylock, or a random, fictitious Jew, I think I’d have a problem with the propagation of a well-worn antisemitic stereotype. 

‘Jews do not, in fact, have bigger noses than other people do; Leonard Bernstein did. That’s the end of the story for me.’

As well as taking on the titular role in the new movie, the A-lister also directed Maestro, making it his second project sitting at the helm. contacted Bradley’s reps for comment.

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