Carey Mulligan, who plays composer Leonard Bernstein’s late wife Felicia Montelegre in the upcoming Netflix drama Maestro, praised Bradley Cooper’s makeup as “spectacular,” saying the 48-year-old researched and prepared extensively for the picture in all aspects, including writing, directing, and… producing.
Mulligan revealed that Cooper and his co-stars spent a week working on the characters of Lenny and Felicia in order to better understand their relationship.
Maestro marks Cooper’s second feature film as a screenwriter and director, alongside his impressive acting career. Cooper also changed his voice for the 2018 film A Star Is Born, aiming to lower his speaking voice an octave to play fictional rock star Jackson Maine.
Mulligan described Cooper’s preparation for Lenny as “astonishing.” Cooper called her in the full dialect a year before filming Maestro, a film on Leonard Bernstein and Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein’s lifelong romance.
Cooper used a nasal plug inside a prosthetic nose to sound more like Bernstein. Cooper, the lead of A Star Is Born, employed dialect coach Tim Monich a year before the film’s production began.
Cooper worked on exercises and dropped his voice for months, five days a week, four hours a day. He used his co-star, Sam Elliot, as a model and worked so hard that he would fall asleep and his throat would hurt.
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Jamie Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein’s daughter, and her siblings attended the premiere of Bradley Cooper‘s film Maestro.
The film, which starred Mulligan as Bernstein’s wife and Maya Hawke as Jamie, was a bizarre experience for the family, who wrote their biography, Famous Father Girl: A Biography of Growing Up Bernstein, in 2018, which uncovers a repetitive secret of sharing their lives with their parents.
According to Jamie, this encounter felt like a bizarre dream in which they were at their home but not in their home, and with their parents but not with their parents.
Cooper demanded Mulligan to prepare for the role by attending a “dream workshop” with Cooper, who also directed and co-wrote the film.
Mulligan characterized the great composer’s and his wife’s close friendship, which they strengthened through exchanging stories and dances.
Maestro had his international premiere last month at the Venice International Film Festival, where it received overwhelmingly excellent reviews from critics.