Bradley Cooper, the acclaimed actor and director, recently made a guest appearance on The Howard Stern Show, where he delved into his experiences while working on the much-anticipated biopic, 'Maestro.' The film, which chronicles the life of the legendary composer Leonard Bernstein, became a passion project for Cooper, who confessed he nearly abandoned the endeavor.
Cooper recounted a serendipitous encounter during the candid interview that pivoted his resolve. He shared a memorable experience of meeting a woman on a flight, who turned out to be the goddaughter of Bernstein, who passed away in October 1990.
According to Cooper, this chance meeting felt like a direct message from Bernstein himself, encouraging him to persevere with the biopic. "The minute that happened, it was like Lenny saying, ‘you're doing this movie’," the 'Hangover' star reflected.
Bradley Cooper's Artistic Passion
Cooper's dedication to the project was palpable as he revealed his extensive time invested in it. "I spent six years on it because I'm obsessed with conducting," the 48-year-old actor and 'A Star Is Born' creator disclosed, underscoring his deep fascination with Bernstein's artistry.
The casting of Carey Mulligan as Bernstein's wife, Felicia Montealegre, was another highlight of Cooper's discussion. He described the casting as a moment of 'divine intervention,' noting how Mulligan consistently came to mind whenever he saw pictures of Montealegre.
Cooper's intuition in casting reflects his thoughtful approach to encapsulating the essence of Bernstein's life and relationships. Moreover, Cooper expressed gratitude for his openness to the guidance he received throughout the creative process.
"I was just lucky I was open enough to listen to what this project was telling me to do, which happened a lot in this movie," he said. Fans eagerly awaiting the release of 'Maestro' can mark their calendars for December 20, as the film is set to premiere in theaters and on Netflix.
Cooper's journey with 'Maestro' is a testament to his artistic commitment and the unexpected moments of inspiration that can shape a creative endeavor.