The Men of “Silver Linings Playbook”

The critically acclaimed film “Silver Linings Playbook” has been nominated for eight Academy Awards, including best picture, best director and in all four acting categories. Meet the men behind the film.

In Silver Linings Playbook, Bradley Cooper’s character, Pat, is battling bipolar disorder, looking for a new beginning and hoping for a silver lining.

“The idea that I’m going to the Oscars nominated…let’s enjoy every second of this.” -Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper studied acting at The Actors Studio Drama School, which James Lipton made famous with his Bravo show Inside the Actors Studio.

“I always thought, like, ‘Go with your gut.’” -Bradley Cooper

Robert De Niro plays Bradley’s father in the film Silver Linings Playbook, a dad confronting the challenges of raising a son with mental illness.

“We relate. We connect.” -Robert De Niro

David O. Russell is the director behind Silver Linings Playbook. He is also nominated for an Oscar. David reveals what it was about the film that initially appealed to him.

“I’ve had a son who has mood disorder.” -David O. Russell

Silver Linings Playbook is about dealing with mental illness in the family, which is something many people can relate to, including former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, the son of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy and mental health advocate.

“We look at mental illness as a character flaw, not as a chemistry issue of the brain.” Rep. Patrick Kennedy

How can we take away the stigma associated with mental illness and keep the mentally ill from harming themselves or others?

“We don’t intervene and that’s the big problem.” Rep. Patrick Kennedy

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