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Is Bradley Cooper's use of a prosthetic nose to portray a Jewish man offensive? Critics say yes.

Actor Bradley Cooper is facing criticism for donning a fake nose to portray a Jewish character in an upcoming film role.

Netflix just released the trailer for their upcoming film “Maestro”, based on the life of West Side Story composer Leonard Bernstein.

Cooper, who is not Jewish, has been tapped to portray the legendary conductor, and many folks on social media quickly noticed that he looks a little different in the trailer.

Viewers were quick to point out that Cooper appears to be wearing an exaggerated prosthetic nose in the film, which Jewish groups are decrying the portrayal as antisemitic “Jewface”. 

Is It “Jewface”?

Netflix released a teaser trailer of the upcoming film, which is directed by Cooper, on August 15th, and it has already been viewed over one million times.

While many commenters expressed excitement over the film, many were also decrying Cooper’s portrayal as offensive, and some Jewish groups wasted no time in denouncing the film.

Critics argue that the prosthetic is an offensive exaggeration of Jewish features, and that it was an unnecessary addition to the Cooper's appearance. 

They also point out that Cooper played Joseph Merrick (popularly known as the Elephant Man for his facial deformities) on Broadway without any prosthetics. Did he really need prosthetics to play a Jewish man, but not a man known for his severe deformities? they ask. 

A Troubling History

Of course, there is no shortage of historical baggage associated with exaggerated noses for Jewish characters. 

As the Media Diversity Institute explains on their website, the depiction of Jews with a “large, hooked nose…  goes back to antisemitic and Nazi propaganda from the 1930s and since then has gone on to become a common trope—and, whether intentionally or not—pushes antisemitic stereotypes to this day.

"The image so deeply embedded in modern culture, that most do not acknowledge that it is actually a deeply antisemitic stereotype," the group continues.

Last year, comedian John Stewart ignited controversy when he suggested that the crooked nosed, banker goblins in the Harry Potter series were yet another example of this phenomenon.

Does Representation Matter?

Nose aside, the idea of non-Jewish actors playing Jewish characters has been a growing conversation point in recent years.

Comedian Sarah Silverman, who is also starring in Maestro, stated in 2021 that Hollywood has a "long tradition of non-Jews playing Jews."

"In a time when the importance of representation is seen as so essential and so front and center,” she pondered, “why does ours constantly get breached, even today, in the thick of it?”

The Family’s Response

Bradley Cooper has some ardent defenders, however – and chief among them are Bernstein’s own children.

In a statement on the Twitter account of their late father’s estate, they said that Cooper’s been nothing less than wonderful in working with them to bring their father’s story to life.

They said he’s included them “along every step of his amazing journey,” and that “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. We’re also certain that our dad would have been fine with it as well.”

What do you think? Should people give Cooper the benefit of the doubt here, especially given that he has the blessing of Bernstein’s children? Or does the use of a prosthetic nose lend itself towards nasty antisemitic stereotypes, even if unwittingly? 


  1. Rev. MichaelRS's Avatar Rev. MichaelRS

    Well there you have it; Bernstein's children are fine with it.

    If Bernstein's own kids do not care, who the F is anybody to be offended on their behalf?

    I'll tell you who; People who make a living stirring the pot as race-baiters and the like.

    Oddly enough they are the same people that have no problem with 6 of the 7 dwarfs in Disney's new "Snow White and the Seven DWARFS" NOT being dwarfs.

    1. Darren Edward Kelly's Avatar Darren Edward Kelly

      In my opinion, if Mr. Bradley Cooper has the blessing of Mr. Berstein's children and many Jewish synagogues and portrays the man himself in due justice, then more power to everyone involved. Bring his story to the masses

      1. Minister Raymond Butterworth's Avatar Minister Raymond Butterworth

        Well put.

  1. Michael Holland's Avatar Michael Holland

    People need to get a grip! It's a prosteticfor a movie!

  1. Janis Carol Sommers's Avatar Janis Carol Sommers

    This is so ridiculous. The family supports him in wearingthe prosthetic. The end

  1. Colleen McAllister's Avatar Colleen McAllister

    People need to stop being so sensitive. Cooper is an actor who actually bears a slight resemblance to Bernstein. Using the larger noseade it more so and allows us to forget his real self. After all Bradley Cooper has a very recognizable face. Using male up and prosthetics is quite common. Never mind the Jewishness of it. I never think of Bernstein as a Jewish composer but as a great composer.

    1. Darren Edward Kelly's Avatar Darren Edward Kelly

      I love the last line of this composition, I have asked many people if they knew who Edvard Grieg was and even humming so.e of one of his well-known works they had no idea (In the Hall of the Mountain King is a hint) haha

  1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

    Big dam deal. How many time did a left leaning actor or actress use prosthetics to give the impression they were from another race? People need to calm the heck down and deal with their own personal problems.

    1. Dr. Zerpersande, NSC's Avatar Dr. Zerpersande, NSC

      Damn. The word you seek is ‘damn’.

      1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

        and this is all you can complain about because I accidentally missed a letter?

        1. Dr. Zerpersande, NSC's Avatar Dr. Zerpersande, NSC

          Thou shalt not lie. God’s gonna’ get your for that. Many religious people can spell. But the more extensive the education of a given person, the less likely said person will have religious beliefs. And IMO this isn’t due to simple ignorance, but willful ignorance. Willful ignorance is hearing facts and then sticking one’s fingers in one’s ears and saying ‘Nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah’.

          But my experience is that the deeper, intense religious belief such as you regularly exhibit is very often accompanied by ignorance obviously due to simply not having made an effort in school.

          You can’t spell.

          1. ServantOfJudgement's Avatar ServantOfJudgement

            At least he's not sloppy with his typing. Sloppiness is akin to laziness which is akin to not much effort. Right?

            For the record it's "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor".

            You can see the difference there right? The difference between lying and bearing false witness? If you weren't so educated it'd stick out like a sore thumb.

            1. Dr. Zerpersande, NSC's Avatar Dr. Zerpersande, NSC

              Bearing false witness is simply stating that one witnessed something when such did not happen. Which is a lie. Do you think the commandment only applies when the lie is meant to harm your neighbor? Lying is okay if it is just to protect yourself? As for a difference existing between lying and bearing false witness, there is none.

              1. ServantOfJudgement's Avatar ServantOfJudgement


                See, I knew you were too educated to get it or maybe you don't get it because you don't believe. Either way here's the correct answer. There is an immense difference between lying and bearing false witness.


                John was present the night Bob was murdered but it was too dark to see who committed the murder.

                Prosecuting Attorney: Tell the court John, what did you see the night Ed was killed. John: I saw Ed kill Bob. Judge: Ed, the court finds you guilty of murder. Life in prison.


                Mom bought ice cream for Johnny and Suzie, Terry, Sam and Frank. Suzie ate all the ice cream.

                Mom: Who ate all the ice cream!? Johnny: not me Suzie: not me Terry: not me Sam: not me Frank: not me Mom: well I didn't eat it and Dad's not home yet. Y'all will have to wait till next paycheck for more ice cream.

                Bearing false witness against your neighbor requires lying, lying does not require bearing false witness against your neighbor.

                It's unfortunate you hate your creator so much that you're willing to reject his universal truths. They really give the believer a leg up on human nature and life in general.

              2. Dr. Zerpersande, NSC's Avatar Dr. Zerpersande, NSC

                Agree fully that both are lying. THAT was my entire point. Is YOUR point that the commandment does not include a prohibition against lying in general, only doing so against your neighbor? And you feel such because that is what is stated in your Bronze Age goat herder’s rule book? See, I don’t give an airborne rodent’s anal sphincter muscle what your book says.

  1. Canadian Yankee's Avatar Canadian Yankee

    With all the horrible things happening in our world to get upset that an actor used makeup to look more like a character is truly absurd. Especially since the persons family believe there is not problem.

    So much stupid stuff being argued here. Get real.

  1. Rev. J. Blaine's Avatar Rev. J. Blaine

    It's embarrassing that people will complain about this and completely forget about the sex abuse crimes of the Catholic Church

    1. Brien's Avatar Brien

      Not all of us forget crimes committed by the catholic zealot culture. How about the crimes against all of humanity. Peace ✌️

      1. ServantOfJudgement's Avatar ServantOfJudgement

        If we're going to talk about crimes against humanity, the entire human race from the beginning must be put on trial. I wouldn't do it though, God catches a lot of grief for that very thing ya know. You'd never get through all the hate mail, don't do it. Let's stick with the homosexual priests that molest children. Close the church and hang the pedophile. Done.

        1. Brien's Avatar Brien

          Thank you for making my point. The crimes against humanity were committed by MAN, using the excuse of some make believe magic being. Therefore, all zealots of these magic beliefs should be tried as terrorists.

      2. Keith Graham Ainsworth's Avatar Keith Graham Ainsworth

        It's not just Catholic zealots, It's zealots of all religions

        1. Brien's Avatar Brien

          Agreed, see above. Peace ✌️

  1. James Riggle-Johnson's Avatar James Riggle-Johnson

    I’m sorry that Jake Gyllenhaal didn’t get to play the Bernstein, but Cooper bought the rights because he wanted to play the Bernstein. Why are people upset? Yes, there are Jewish actors who could probably play the role, but it’s Coopers movie. He’s directing.

    Also, Hollywood uses prosthetics to make actors look like the character all the time in movies so why is this different. Most importantly, Cooper is doing this with the approval of Bernstein’s family. They say he’s been very respectful in the way he’s approached this project so let the complainers complain. Everybody’s a critic. LOL!

  1. Ealdormon Piparskeggr Robinson's Avatar Ealdormon Piparskeggr Robinson

    I'll go with Mr. Bernstein's children's say on the matter.

    1. Darren Edward Kelly's Avatar Darren Edward Kelly

      Yes sir

  1. Angelic Realms's Avatar Angelic Realms


  1. Dr. Zerpersande, NSC's Avatar Dr. Zerpersande, NSC

    It is difficult for je to express how I feel about the current ease with which people get offended. Allow me to quote Stephan Fry…

    “ It’s now very common to hear people say, “I’m rather offended by that”. As if that gives them certain rights. It’s actually nothing more than a whine. “I find that offensive”. It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. “I am offended by that.” Well, so ****ing what?”

    1. ServantOfJudgement's Avatar ServantOfJudgement

      Is je a new word from Kanye West and his Yeezy product line? Do I use it like this: Yeezy says je is a jenius?

      1. Dr. Zerpersande, NSC's Avatar Dr. Zerpersande, NSC

        It comes from using the iPad keyboard with single-finger typing. Notice the line of travel the index finger takes after typing the ‘r’ in ‘for’ and moving to type ‘m’. Passes over the ‘j’. I actually saw the error right after I posted it. The design of this comment section sucks green toe jam. No edit function. Made the decision to leave it. If it bothers you, read the quote again.

        1. ServantOfJudgement's Avatar ServantOfJudgement

          Just having fun Z. Edit would be noice.

          1. Kenneth Lafe Eric Sanderson's Avatar Kenneth Lafe Eric Sanderson

            I suggested even a 15 minute window after we submit the comment would be nice - but I'm down to posting the original and corrected versions and hoping the 'delete' request of the original goes through - which it does about half the time. X(

  1. Carl Nicholas Frank's Avatar Carl Nicholas Frank

    The issue is did you treat people the way you want to be treated? If you go around being the jerk to everyone, don't complain when you get treated that way. The world can use more kindness and compassion now more than ever.

    1. Shannon's Avatar Shannon

      Well said ✝️

  1. Jake Reynolds's Avatar Jake Reynolds

    I can’t wait til the Jimmy Durante story is made, or the John Barrymore soliloquy, and in reference to the seven dwarves six of names are acceptable but what about Dopey? That is slanderous to people of lower cognitive abilities, and how do we know that snow white was so virtuous maybe she had a dark side, if coopers nose need beefing about we need answers on everything.

    1. Kenneth Lafe Eric Sanderson's Avatar Kenneth Lafe Eric Sanderson

      Yeah, seems nobody can take a joke anymore - but ask the Christians here about 'Christian bashing'.

      It's a very serious issue.

  1. Rev_Shaun's Avatar Rev_Shaun

    So, the 'Offended Industry' strikes again!

    I wonder how well paid the jobs in the Offended Industry are. I suspect their employees earn a lot more than my lowly ministerial stipend (Yearly salary £0.00, plus 50% bonus on top of earnings!).

    So, let me get this right. An actor, is playing the part of a real person and wants to look like the person they are playing. So, they use make up to make them look like that person. And the family of that person have no problem with that.

    So, whats the problem for the Offended Industry???

    As an actor myself, I am finding this whole 'only X's can play X's' somewhat tiring.

    Does that mean if I want to play Long John Silver, I have to have my leg amputated? I mean, I know I am a method actor, but there are limits!

    1. ServantOfJudgement's Avatar ServantOfJudgement

      Rev Shaun

      Long John Silver is a white guy, anyone can play him. Here's a list of new acting guidelines I think you'll find useful as an actor.

      White Characters can be played by anyone, we know this. Female characters are best played by female identifying males, if none are willing, settle with a female but she has to look like a dude. Dwarf characters are best played by standard sized humans as long as there's at least one dwarf present. Black must be black, no joke. Italian must be Latino Latino can be anything but white Animals have to be humans in costumes(thanks PETA) Gay must be gay but not too gay. Straight can be straight but usually better if they're not straight. Christians should be played by an atheist of opposite gender. If you don't have a female willing to play a male Christian then cast Christian Bale, he's down with it all day long. Males can be male as long as they're female, no excuses, no exceptions. Don't ask about Asians, you'll just open a can of worms. Let's see.....I think that's it.

      1. Kenneth Lafe Eric Sanderson's Avatar Kenneth Lafe Eric Sanderson

        SOJ - you truly are the winner at whining - and you didn't even have to bring up the 68 genders. LOL!

      2. Rev_Shaun's Avatar Rev_Shaun

        "Don't ask about Asians, you'll just open a can of worms"

        Yes, well, Pete Posthelthwaite as Kaiser Sosay in The Usual Suspects is a classic example of why a white Englishman should never try and play an Indian man.

  1. He Who Breathes's Avatar He Who Breathes

    Who really nose these days?

    Maybe the prosthetics dept had a shortage of the right noses, so they gave him that one - which IS visibly different from what it was supposed to look like.

  1. ServantOfJudgement's Avatar ServantOfJudgement

    Can anyone imagine the pure havoc The Klingon Empire will issue upon us once they find out humans have been portraying Klingons this whole time?

    1. Dr. Zerpersande, NSC's Avatar Dr. Zerpersande, NSC

      There’s a push to use ‘real’ religious people in movies. Seems that a lot of actors that play religious people are not dekusional. Complaints have been made.

      1. ServantOfJudgement's Avatar ServantOfJudgement

        I'd say were all delusional in one way or another, naturally blind to our own. Dunno, Russel Crow plays a better gladiator than holy man IMO. The trouble with religious shows by religious people is the same with music. Too preachy and dull. Sometimes you get a good one but not too often.

        1. Kenneth Lafe Eric Sanderson's Avatar Kenneth Lafe Eric Sanderson

          Admittedly, admitting it is the hardest part.

    2. Brien's Avatar Brien

      Don't forget Vulcans. And Romulans will be pi**ed.

  1. Kendra F.Cooper-Williams's Avatar Kendra F.Cooper-Williams

    I can't wait to see what will be said upon Yashua's return. I feel it's going to be some real disappointed Jews!!!

  1. William J Gilles's Avatar William J Gilles

    They are actors! They get paid to portray others. What is next. Only criminals can play criminals in movies?

  1. Brien's Avatar Brien

    Wow, I had to see it to believe it. Grown people arguing over something stupid and ridiculous. Ok, let's play spin the stupid wheel. First up, fish breath underwater and that offends some people. Who are these freaking people? I see a lot of nonsense talk, but nobody standing up. Topics like this are nonsense and an insult to everyone here. If you can't see that, then I guess you are part of "those" people. ULC, please, please, enough with the fluffy nonsense topics.

    1. ServantOfJudgement's Avatar ServantOfJudgement

      The nice thing is everyone here is in agreement. Fantastic!

      1. Kenneth Lafe Eric Sanderson's Avatar Kenneth Lafe Eric Sanderson

        I disagree! =D

  1. Tareq Asfour's Avatar Tareq Asfour

    Not offensive ! Who ever created the site Stop antisemitism is intentionally wanting to causing more harm and against us all who semitic putting our lives in danger.

  1. Patricia Ann Lute's Avatar Patricia Ann Lute

    Actors have historically used prosthetics to help create their characters Stop looking for problems

  1. Mark Hutchings's Avatar Mark Hutchings

    First off its a movie, MY THOUGHTS, Hollywood needs to pick the Actor who looks more like the person, not someone for NAME RECOGNITION. THE PHOTO may of Bern doctored for a port folio HOWEVER the Prosthetic is OVER THE TOP... IF THE FAMILY IS FINE WITH IT THEN SHOW THEM THE RESPECT DUE.....

  1. Dr. Kirk W. Olsen, P.E.'s Avatar Dr. Kirk W. Olsen, P.E.

    Per NPR, family approved. Die hair, fat suits, it's just a nose to look like real person.

  1. Rev Ned's Avatar Rev Ned

    If Bernstein’s family is OK with it, it’s OK. Some people aren’t happy unless they have something to complain about. That said, from the pictures provided, the prosthetic nose does look a little longer and pointier than Bernstein’s, which is no fault of Cooper’s. Others did it and approved it.

  1. Ralph A. Lawrence's Avatar Ralph A. Lawrence

    They use prosthetics all the time in the movie industry. Why make a big deal of it?

  1. Christine Noel Kennedy's Avatar Christine Noel Kennedy

    well I believe that they are being ridiculous he is playing a character I think people are too sensitive these days in that ruins everything they can't take things as he's a character he's playing a character and if the character was Jewish then he's going to play Jewish man with the nose like the man had whoever takes offense to this is ridiculous stop being so sensitive and let the man do the film the way the character is made I can't believe that they're even trying to ruin a film because of their hurt little feelings this you respect man for doing the film about the man who's a Jewish man and the kids nose looks like that and so be it and it looks like his nose is like that so there you go people need to stop being so sensitive it's ridiculous

  1. Thomas J Heim's Avatar Thomas J Heim

    Not offensive at all. If someone were to play me they would need a bald blockhead. My family and I would love it.

  1. Julie Armstrong's Avatar Julie Armstrong

    People are ridiculous! 1st He's an Actor and playing a part. 2nd It didn't even bother the family, they are mature and understand he's playing a role. Young people in this world will not survive in the REAL WORLD. Too soft and pansies! All they want to do is make a scene. Look at the Aunt Jemima Syrup. NO ONE asked the family who was very PROUD of their Aunt. Yet people who have nothing better to do with their lives forced the company to change the name. These people probably live off the Government and don't have real jobs.

  1. Virginia Verena Thony's Avatar Virginia Verena Thony

    The nose looks like Pinocchio's. At least stick to reality. Overemphasizing it is indeed offensive. Also, Cooper's in a position to have his pick of scripts; hire a bevy of writers or the luxury of writing a story himself for himself. Leave the Bernstein bi-op to an actor that's Jewish without the need for prosthetics. I get it, actors act. But there's so much talent that can lend to authenticity because they themselves are authentic, that taking it on unnecessarily and exaggerating needlessly is absurd. Even if actors legitimately want to play the part because it looks fun, challenging or whatever, it may best serve the production to hand it over and let go.

    1. Drew Preston Hausfeld's Avatar Drew Preston Hausfeld

      Well said. Thank you for your thoughtful answer. Any prosthetic used can't ever really stand in well for real life and I do agree with letting a Jewish actor play this role over Cooper, some things have to be felt as part of ones core to be fully understood. Thanks for helping me to see that. Have a blessed day.

  1. Robin Anne Hannon's Avatar Robin Anne Hannon

    It is not up to Mr. Cooper. If people want to get offended then get offended at the Director and Producer.

    1. James Riggle-Johnson's Avatar James Riggle-Johnson

      Cooper is the director, producer, and writer. Lol! He purchased the rights to do this movie because of his love for Bernstein's music. He also did all of this in close consultation with Bernstein's family.

  1. Nicholas J Page's Avatar Nicholas J Page

    If Bernsteins kids are happy leave it at that film makers try to get an image spot on.What if they made a movie about Jimmy Durante are these sad people going to moan then Liberace was portrayed in the movie the man behind the piano who was openly gay.A superb pianist who complained then ?No one so shut up.If you don't want to see a movie based on a character don't

    1. Carl Nicholas Frank's Avatar Carl Nicholas Frank

      Sorry to rain of your parade, Liberace was closeted his entire life. He never came out nor acknowledge his sexual orientation. Going so far as to testify under oath that he was not a homosexual.

  1. Steven L Lunan's Avatar Steven L Lunan

    Critics say. Critics criticize, That's what they do. Never look to a critic for approval.. When portraying a character it's not out of the ordinary to adopt the subjects characteristics. What if he was playing the character of Telly Selvalis , Would it be offensive if he had shaved his head ? People need to lighten up and stop taking everything so seriously.

  1. Peter Schwartz's Avatar Peter Schwartz

    Actors try to portray a person as close to the real character as possible. If the family was fine with the portrayal, then leave it alone. Judge him on this performance, not the makeup.

  1. Debra Louise Tolbert's Avatar Debra Louise Tolbert

    How ridiculous! He’s playing a character in a movie, and it has always been traditional to try to love, talk, and act as the character you are portraying. That’s why it’s called acting! People need to just rest their nerves and focus on some of the REAL issues going on in the world.

  1. Steven Ferrell's Avatar Steven Ferrell

    People get so worked up and want to call everything offensive or racist. Yet those people only show how racist they really are for thinking they know what should offend blacks, Hews, etc. when they themselves are not any of those, but want to tell them what should be offending them.

    This is what comes from children being raised that everything is fair and everyone gets a trophy, and don’t hurt anyone’s feelings.

    Life is not fair, bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people. Not everyone is a winner, but did you do your best and if so, that is what matters. Your feelings will get hurt, that is life..

    1. Carl Nicholas Frank's Avatar Carl Nicholas Frank

      The issue is did you treat people the way you want to be treated? If you go around being the jerk to everyone, don't complain when you get treated that way. The world can use more kindness and compassion now more than ever.

    2. Kenneth Lafe Eric Sanderson's Avatar Kenneth Lafe Eric Sanderson

      Did somebody hurt your feelings Steven?

  1. Deanna Mischele Egan's Avatar Deanna Mischele Egan

    Wow, just wow. People want to be offended by anything these days. No different than someone playing an Angel and strapping on wings and a halo to play the part. That is what theatrical makeup is all about. trying to achieve the "real" look of someone or something.

  1. Rev. Bulldog's Avatar Rev. Bulldog

    People get too wrapped around the axle these days. They want to sound like they are the "defenders of the little people". Where was their outcry against Eric Stoltz when he donned the elephant man type make up to play Rocky Dennis in Mask. Non-existant because it was just a movie. Relax, live your life, and if God wants you to protect someone you'll know.

  1. Mark Gilgen's Avatar Mark Gilgen

    No mater what you say or do someone will get offended. Thats why you are NOT supposed to let your "feelings" lead you in this world.

  1. Lloyd E Borba Jr's Avatar Lloyd E Borba Jr

    If I said that I am offended by the makeup and portrayal of werewolves in "An American werewolf in London" and we should stick up for real werewolves. Does anyone hear how stupid that sounds? It is a movie, actors change their appearance for the roll they take, it may be prosthetics, maybe contact lenses, hair or a cg trick. Get over yourselves, it has no effect on you, nor your delicate sensibilities.

  1. Elaine A. Bentley's Avatar Elaine A. Bentley

    Ridiculous. Many individuals get so offended by anything these days. Bradley is a great actor. Hes playing a part. The family is perfectly OK with it. Let it be and appreciate the story.

  1. Carl Nicholas Frank's Avatar Carl Nicholas Frank

    Seems that opinions about things that have the ability to spread bigotry and hatred, as well as racism get more momentum when called out by media and groups that represent the oppressed people. If the portrayal was done in an offensive way then by all means call out those responsible. When you have the children of the man being portrayed giving their absolute endorsement and feeling loved, represented positively, and involved every step of the way, seems the focus needs to go to actual antisemitism. I think the comparison to Cooper's portrayal of The Elephant Man without use of prosthetics on stage is more offensive in that one could draw comparisons to the Jewish people and disfigurement by birth defects or disease when using that logic. It is a movie and costuming and make up along with prosthetics have always been used to make the actor appear more like the real person they portray. If Mr Gyllenhaal had the part and needed to have a larger nose to look more like Mr Bernstein would he receive the same criticism for donning "Jewface"? There are problems in this world that need more attention than this. Maybe it's time to turn focus where it needs to be.

  1. Dr. Jerry Moyes's Avatar Dr. Jerry Moyes

    Hollywood was attempting to make the actor look like the image of Leonard that isa best known, the one of his later years. Before anyone asks, yes the nose continues to grow as you age. This is much ado about nothing.

  1. Lisa Garbers's Avatar Lisa Garbers

    this is ridiculous and needs to stop. he is portraying a person in a movie. Done!

  1. Carol J VanderMiller's Avatar Carol J VanderMiller

    I would hold the makeup dept accountable since they are solely responsible for the results. There are usually grips or critics within each dept who should be aware enough to keep on top of adapting an actor to closely resemble the character they are to be in the film. The makeup dept for the upcoming movie "Golda" did an outstanding job adapting Helen Mirren to closely resemble Golda Meir & as she said, she spent hours each day having makeup put on so that she could be completely in character. Then there are always people who have nothing better to do with their time than to go around & find things to criticize about. Cooper is an outstanding actor is not worthy of this kind of criticism. One does not have to belong to a particular religion or sect in order to portray a historical person.
    Those who continue to go around to look for anything to criticize could better utilize that time to volunteer their time for so many organizations, help others & offer their professional skills or talents in a positive way.

    1. Carol J VanderMiller's Avatar Carol J VanderMiller

      not sure why my entire posting has numerous &amp things but there was nothing within it that needed to be bleeped out - Aren't sites like this wonderful! They don't want someone posting a positive comment to fully state their comment.

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  1. Drew Preston Hausfeld's Avatar Drew Preston Hausfeld

    In my opinion, if he has the blessings of the man's family and isn't denigrating his name; then, why are we discussing what methods an actor is using to portray this man? He's an actor ladies and gentlemen, just that. If he's not trying to denigrate and demonize Jewish people and he's just trying to look more like the subject of whom he's trying to portray, I see no problem with it. Of course though, there will always be critics, haters going to hate.

  1. Jennie McKenzie's Avatar Jennie McKenzie

    I really try not to have a problem with anyone or anything. I have enough going on in my life to worry about all the petty things going on in this world. I feel people today are over opinionated and way too judgemental about things that don't even have anything to do with them. It's as though people are looking for a way to start trouble where there shouldn't even be any problem. If these trouble makers had any common sense, they would realize that alterations to an actors appearance to fit a certain role has been going on since the film industry started. Perhaps we should do away with the television altogether. Everytime I turn it on there is something offensive no matter what channel I have it on. I am so sick and tired of people having a problem with things that shouldn't even concern them. People are getting out of hand with petty nonsense. Let it go. It's just a movie. Nothing on TV is real anyway. Fix your own lives before you try fixing someone else.

  1. Jon Paul Nelson's Avatar Jon Paul Nelson

    It is sad that this would offend, but each is entitled to their own feelings and opinions. I am certain that the intent was not to offend in any way but to bring light to the life of this amazing man. Jesus taught us to love, forgive and accept. Where in the Bible does it teach us strive to look for offenses and create strife over being personally offended. Rather it says "turn a cheek". I probably offended some by what I just said, but my opinion is that we need need more love, more acceptance, more patience, more peace and more forgiveness in this world...and I pray for that.

    1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

      How do you know what Jesus taught? Did you read that in a book somewhere?


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