“It got me a job, so totally worth it”: A Freak Accident Led Bradley Cooper Offer Maestro Role to Carey Mulligan as Actress Eyes First Oscar Win

Bradley Cooper's Memorable Meeting with Carey Mulligan

“It got me a job, so totally worth it”: A Freak Accident Led Bradley Cooper Offer Maestro Role to Carey Mulligan as Actress Eyes First Oscar Win

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  • Bradley Cooper recalls how his first meeting with Carey Mulligan ended up with her in the ER.
  • Carey Mulligan thinks the accident was worth it, as she got the role in the Oscar-nominated film.
  • Bradley Cooper trained 6 years in music for his scene in Maestro.
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Being one of the most dependable guys in Hollywood, Bradley Cooper has made an immense name for himself ever since he came to public attention. Cooper is primarily known for portraying characters as abrasive, coarse, and have a mean demeanor, which will showcase a layer of emotions that will move the audience into tears. Naturally, the actor has earned himself a string of nominations, including Oscar nominations.

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Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro
Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro

However, the Burnt actor is not only limited to acting, as he has several films, one of them being Leonard Bernstein’s biopic, Maestro. The film narrates the story of how the legendary music composer dutifully cares for his wife, Felicia Montealegre, when she falls ill. However, when Bradley Cooper met his co-star Carey Mulligan, it ended up with her in the emergency room.

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Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan’s First Meeting Ended up In a Freak Accident

During an episode of The Graham Norton ShowBradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan were present in the show, and they recalled that their first meeting was a memorable one, as Mulligan ended up in the emergency room. The Maestro actor stated how his co-star was doing a play in the West Village of Manhattan and stated how she had an uncanny resemblance to the composer’s wife.

Carey Mulligan and Bradley Cooper in Maestro
Carey Mulligan and Bradley Cooper in Maestro

“She was doing a play in the West Village of Manhattan, and I went to the first preview, which is sacrilege. It was a one-woman show, and she came out and the key light was on her, and she looked just like Felicia, who’s Lenny’s wife… so I went to meet her backstage.”

Carey Mulligan took over and stated how their meeting turned into a “90-minute monologue,” where at the end, she got hit on the head with a piece of the set. However, she continued because it was a one-woman show. After she was done, she lay down on the floor and sobbed endlessly.

“It’s a 90-minute monologue, and maybe half an hour before the end, I got hit on the head [by a piece of the set] quite badly, but I carried on because no one saw it. It was in a blackout… and then it finished, and I got off stage, and I just couldn’t stop crying. I thought I was really a goner.”

A still from Maestro
A still from Maestro

She added,

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“I was sobbing on the floor, and the director was trying to calm me down. And then someone came in and said, ‘Sorry, so sorry. Bradley Cooper’s just [arrived].’ And he came in and looked me in the eye and was like, ‘You’re not all right!’ And it was like, get in the car, went to the emergency room. The nurse was delighted.”

Bradley Cooper added that “She was not okay at all,” and recalled how taking her to the emergency room was their first meeting. The actress joked, “It got me a job, so totally worth it.” The uncanny thing about their first meeting was how it foreshadowed their chemistry in the film; leading to 7 Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Makeup, Best Sound, and Best Cinematography.

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Bradley Cooper Spent 6 Years To Train for a Scene in Maestro

During a conversation with Lin-Manuel Miranda at a Los Angeles screening of the film via IndieWire, he shared how he spent six years learning to conduct for a 6 Minutes 21 Seconds sequence so that he could recreate a musical scene live on the set of Maestro. The scene is in reference to Leonard Bernstein conducting the 1976 London Symphony Orchestra at the Ely Cathedral. 

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“That scene I was so worried about because we did it live. That was the London Symphony Orchestra. I was recorded live, I had to conduct them. And I spent six years learning how to conduct six minutes and 21 seconds of music.”

A still from Maestro
A still from Maestro

Cooper added,

“I was able to get the raw take where I just watched Leonard Bernstein [conduct] at Ely Cathedral with the London Symphony Orchestra in 1976. And so I had that to study.”

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Nevertheless, his efforts bore a positive result, as the film is immensely popular among the fans as well as the critics earning him several Academy Awards nominations.

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Tushar Auddy, Content Writer. He has been in the entertainment industry for 3 years and is always on the lookout for a captivating story. He is a student of Linguistics and is currently pursuing his Master's degree in the same field. He has a passion for literature that runs deep and loves nothing more than getting lost in a novel for hours on end. When he isn't reading, you'll find him capturing the beauty of language.