It was backstage at one of Mulligan’s theater plays that the two first became acquainted with one another before they acted opposite one another in the biopic about the late composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, which was nominated for an Academy Award.
“Carey was in a one-woman show, and I went backstage to meet her and realized something was not right, and I insisted on taking her to the emergency room,” Cooper recalled during an interview on The Graham Norton Show on Friday (January 26), according to People. “I went backstage to meet her.”
“During the show, a bit of set hit me on the head,” Mulligan, who is 38 years old, mentioned in his explanation.
Early on, the trailer for the film, which showed Cooper sporting a prosthetic nose “to amplify his resemblance” to the late Jewish conductor, was met with anger. The film was scheduled to be released in September.
On the other hand, Bernstein’s children swiftly stepped forward to defend the actor, stating that Cooper had “included the three of us along every step of his amazing journey as he made his film about our father.” Bernstein’s children were eager to come out in support of Cooper.
It is a well-known fact that Leonard Bernstein possessed a rather large and attractive nose. The fact that Bradley chose to enhance his similarity through the use of makeup is something that we have no problem with at all. According to what they said at the time, “We are also certain that our dad would have been fine with it as well.”
After receiving widespread critical acclaim, the film has been nominated for seven Academy Awards in 2024, including nominations for Best Actor and Best Actress for Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Mulligan, respectively.
In his review of the film for The Independent, Geoffrey Macnab commented that “Cooper is effortlessly charming in a film that has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons,” and that “his co-star Carey Mulligan is magnificent.” Macnab gave the film four stars.