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Bradley Cooper Is Unrecognizable as Leonard Bernstein in ‘Maestro’


Bradley Cooper.
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An entire transformation. Bradley Cooper is completely unrecognizable as legendary composer Leonard Bernstein within the first photographs of his upcoming Netflix movie, Maestro.

The streaming service released a sneak peek at the upcoming biopic — which the Licorice Pizza actor, 47, co-wrote and directed — on Monday, Might 30, which give followers a have a look at Cooper portraying totally different durations within the famed conductor’s life. In a single nonetheless, he and costar Carey Mulligan, who performs Bernstein’s spouse Felicia Montealegre, are grinning in a theater, whereas one other reveals Bernstein framing a shot whereas on the set of considered one of his movies.

Who? Bradley Cooper Is Completely Unrecognizable in His New Film ‘Maestro’

Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein.
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Nevertheless, it was the snaps of Cooper portraying an older Bernstein that despatched social media right into a frenzy. “The make-up on Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro is INSANE,” one Twitter user wrote, whereas one other predicted that the undertaking would earn him essential acclaim. “Bradley Cooper goes for that Oscar. He utterly transforms bodily to Leonard Bernstein,” the second user wrote.

Maestro marks the primary movie that Cooper has co-written and directed for the reason that 2018 remake of A Star is Born, and the actor revealed in January that it has been a longtime dream of his to step into the West Aspect Story composer’s footwear. “I wished to be a conductor since I used to be a child. I used to be obsessive about it, requested Santa Claus for a baton once I was 8,” the Pennsylvania native instructed Mahershala Ali in January throughout a dialog for Selection’s Actors on Actors series. “Listening to music, falling in love with it and with the ability to actually know each single second of a chunk … I may do it as if I do know all the things about it with out actually with the ability to communicate the language, clearly.”

Although Stephen Spielberg was initially set to helm the movie, the Oscar nominee in the end took over the undertaking. “He had this biopic thought and was speaking to me about doubtlessly appearing in it. … And I mentioned, ‘Pay attention, all I wish to do is write and direct motion pictures. I at all times felt like I may play a conductor, however could I analysis the fabric and see if I can write it and direct it? Would you let me try this?’” he recalled.

Cooper continued: “I feel he knew he wasn’t going to make that film for some time. He was form sufficient handy it off to me, and that’s what I’ve been doing for the final 4 and a half years, and we begin capturing in Might.”

Maestro, which facilities on Bernstein’s decades-long marriage to Montealegre, additionally stars Maya Hawke and Matt Bomer. The movie is slated for launch in early 2023.

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