Oscar winning makeup artist who created Bradley Cooper’s controversial ‘Jewface’ nose for Maestro apologises for causing any ‘hurt’
The makeup artist who created Bradley Cooper’s controversial ‘Jewface’ nose for the film Maestro about composer Leonard Bernstein apologised yesterday for causing any ‘hurt’.
Double Oscar winner Kazu Hiro, who previously transformed Gary Oldman into Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, said of the storm: ‘I wasn’t expecting that to happen. I feel sorry that I hurt some people’s feelings.’
He added: ‘My goal, and Bradley’s goal, was to portray Lenny as authentic as possible. Lenny had a really iconic look that everybody knows – theres so many pictures out there because he’s photogenic too – such a great person and inspired so many people.
‘So we wanted to respect the look too, on the inside. So that’s why we did several different tests and went through lots of decisions, and that was the outcome in the movie.’
The film premieres in Venice tonight and the three children of the composer were in the city to promote it.
Sorry: The makeup artist who created Bradley Cooper’s controversial ‘Jewface’ nose for the film Maestro about composer Leonard Bernstein apologised yesterday for causing any ‘hurt’
Speaking out: Double Oscar winner Kazu Hiro said of the storm: ‘I wasn’t expecting that to happen. I feel sorry that I hurt some people’s feelings’
Intention: ‘My goal, and Bradley’s goal, was to portray Lenny as authentic as possible. Lenny had a really iconic look that everybody knows’ he added
Actor, director, writer and producer Cooper isn’t able to come, as this is a Netflix production and to promote it would be in breach of the actors and writers strikes.
After a trailer and publicity stills were released the nose drew strong criticism from a number of leading members of the Jewish community, who accused Cooper of resorting to ‘Jewface’ in his portrayal.
Bernstein’s eldest daughter Jamie defended the decisions to Vanity Fair and said: ‘It’s just such an annoying distraction. The people who were waiting to get mad about something were just waiting to pounce.’
She added: ‘It just made us gasp at what they were able to achieve. He (Hiro) would send us photographs on his phone, and some of them were so spot on that we would think, Oh, come on now, he just sneaked in a picture of our dad.’
Jamie added about Cooper’s performance: ‘His energy was so similar to our dad’s, and his way of being in the world and relating to people reminded us more and more of our dad, and we began to see how right he was for the role in ways that wouldn’t even have occurred to us at first.’
Jamie plus siblings Alexander and Nina earlier released a statement which ran: ‘Bradley Cooper included the three of us along every step of his amazing journey as he made his film about our father.
‘We were touched to the core to witness the depth of his commitment, his loving embrace of our father’s music, and the sheer open-hearted joy he brought to his exploration. It breaks our hearts to see any misrepresentations or misunderstandings of his efforts. It happens to be true that Leonard Bernstein had a nice, big nose. Bradley chose to use makeup to amplify his resemblance, and we’re perfectly fine with that.’
It took up to five hours in the make up chair for scenes of Bernstein when he was older, and around two hours and 50 minutes when he was younger.
Controversy: After a trailer and stills were released the nose drew criticism from the Jewish community, who accused Cooper of resorting to ‘Jewface’ (Pictured left: Leonard Bernstein)