‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Five Film Facts
Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper in 'Silver Linings Playbook'. Photo by The Weinstein Co.
As David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" expands to wider audiences this week, the film's Oscar buzz seems to be getting louder and louder. In a layered performance well beyond his "Hangover" persona, Bradley Cooper plays Pat, who finds himself back home after a state-mandated stay at the loony bin, still dealing with the bipolar anger management issues that landed him there. Enter Jennifer Lawrence as Tiffany, a young widow with her own mental health fragilities. We all know Pat and Tiffany can only get better by coming together, but here's Five Facts about "Silver Linings Playbook" you may not know.
Bradley Cooper in The Weinstein Company's 'Silver Linings Playbook'.
1. Aside from being a Philadelphia native-son and a long-suffering Eagles fan, Cooper also shares another trait with his character in the movie; like Pat, Cooper has battled demons of his own. Though you wouldn't have guessed it from Cooper's frequently blacked-out work on "The Hangover" (2009) and "The Hangover Part II" (2011), the actor has been sober for eight years. Cooper recently told the Hollywood Reporter he gave up drinking and drugs after realizing he was living way too dangerously: "I was at a party and deliberately bashed my head on the concrete floor -- like, 'Hey, look how tough I am!' And I came up, and blood dripped down. And then I did it again. I spent the night at St. Vincent's Hospital with a sock of ice, waiting for them to stitch me up."
Jennifer Lawrence in The Weinstein Company's 'Silver Linings Playbook'.
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