How Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan did 'Maestro' Movie Preparation?

Cooper and Mulligan's On-Screen Alchemy and Unconventional Preparations

by Zain ul Abedin
How Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan did 'Maestro' Movie Preparation?
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In a recent interview, Bradley Cooper delved into the profound and intensive preparation process he and his co-star Carey Mulligan underwent for their roles in the eagerly anticipated film, 'Maestro'. The actor, renowned for his roles in 'Silver Linings Playbook' and 'A Star Is Born', discussed his collaboration with Mulligan in bringing the complex characters to life.

Cooper expressed deep admiration for his co-star, Carey Mulligan, who portrayed Felicia Montealegre, the wife of the iconic composer Leonard Bernstein in 'Maestro'. "I knew her ability," remarked the 48-year-old actor, emphasizing the faith he had in Mulligan's talent. He revealed that his request to her was straightforward: "All I asked of her was to please do the prep with me; I said, 'Will you go down this road where we're basically going to bare our souls to each other?' And she was like, 'Okay, let's do it, I'm game.'"

On her part, Carey Mulligan candidly discussed the rigorous preparation she embarked upon for her role, describing it as "the most intense preparation" she has ever undertaken for a movie. Her dedication stemmed from a commitment to do justice to every aspect of her character, from capturing Montealegre's accent to portraying the intricate dynamics of her relationship with Bernstein. Mulligan emphasized that this preparation included what she referred to as a "dream workshop" led by Cooper himself, who not only starred in the film but also directed and co-wrote it.

Unique Approach Enhances Chemistry

The concept of a "dream workshop" was a new experience for Mulligan, who acknowledged, "I guess Bradley's been doing this kind of thing forever, using your dreams to connect your subconscious to the character's, but it was new to me. But I had to go all in." This unique approach added depth to their performances, allowing them to channel their subconscious into their respective characters, bringing out their most authentic emotions on screen.

Carey Mulligan, further describing the on-screen relationship between Leonard Bernstein and Felicia Montealegre, referred to it as "profound." She highlighted the undeniable chemistry between the couple, saying, "They lit each other up. You can hear it: There are tapes of them trading anecdotes, and it's like they're dancing."

In closing, Bradley Cooper offered insights into 'Maestro', stating, "Maestro is not a biopic — rather, it's a movie about a marriage. A very complicated marriage." This perspective hints at the depth and complexity of the film, promising audiences an immersive experience as they witness the intricate dynamics of a legendary composer's relationship through the lens of Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan's exceptional performances.

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