Actor Bradley Cooper breaks silence over Maestro prosthetic nose controversy

Bradley Cooper has addressed the controversy surrounding his latest movie.  

He plays the legendary composer Leonard Bernstein in Maestro, which he also directed and co-wrote.   

But it's a decision about his makeup for the role that saw him face claims of antisemitism earlier in the year.  

Cooper was criticised for wearing a prosthetic nose to play Bernstein, who was Jewish - unlike Cooper.  

One reviewer called it "problematic" and suggested it was "ethnic cosplay".   

"If Bradley Cooper can't do it through the power [of] acting alone then don't cast him - get a Jewish actor," one actress said.   

Now Cooper has finally responded.   

"I've done this whole project out of love and it's so clear to me where I come from," he told CBS News.  

The actor said he has different lips and chin to Bernstein, so required the prosthetic to make it look believable.   

However, he believes it didn't change his nose very much.  

"My nose is very similar to Lenny's actually, so the prosthetic is like a silk sheet," he added.  

When the nose became a story earlier in the year, the late composer's family defended the film.  

Cooper has now revealed he called to thank them and broke down on the phone.   

"This huge emotional exhalation came out, I was crying so hard I couldn't even thank them," he recalled. 

So far, Maestro has received positive reviews from critics.  

Those involved in the film are hoping the reviews will focus on the storyline, rather than the controversy.