He has one of the most recognizable faces in the world, but this Oscar nominee has undergone a major physical change in his latest Netflix role.
Fans are doing a double take after footage of Hollywood hunk Bradley Cooper is released from an upcoming Netflix movie.
The Oscar nominee, 47, transformed into famed American conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein for the biopic Maestroand looks unrecognizable in photos straight from the film set, New York Post reports.
Cooper will play Bernstein for a period of 30 years from his childhood until his death at age 72. (Bernstein died in 1990 of a heart attack caused by progressive lung failure.)
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On one of the promotional images, the American crowds star is seen representing the late channeling West Side Story composer in a retro-looking suit alongside his co-star Carey Mulligan.
In scenes from later in Bernstein’s life, he comes across very differently with a head of white hair, a heavier physique and age-increasing prosthetics.
Maestro has been filming for the past few months and is expected to be released in 2023, according to Deadline†
Cooper co-wrote the script with Oscar-winning writer Josh Singer of spotlight†
Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg produced the biopic.
In January, Cooper revealed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that as a child he was “obsessed” with conducting and spent “hundreds of hours” doing it.
“Steven Spielberg knew that,” he said, noting that the award-winning director asked him to play Bernstein and eventually direct the film after seeing Cooper’s work on A star is born†
This article originally appeared in the New York Post and is reproduced with permission