Hey everybody! I just updated the gallery with some photos of Bradley from Silver Linings Playbook, including posters, production stills, behind the scenes photos, and desktop wallpapers. All photos are HQ! Enjoy!
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You have a very sexy dance scene with Bradley Cooper – what kind of dancer is he?
He’s very good. He moves very smoothly. I felt bad for him, because he’s such a good dancer and I’m so bad. We rehearsed two hours a day and he didn’t have to do much, but I was in need of the extra sessions so I could look less like a malfunctioning robot.
Did Bradley give you any advice?
He was the one who told me I couldn’t shop in Whole Foods and I tested it and he was totally right. The paparazzi are at every Whole Foods. It’s fine, I have friends to get my groceries (laughs).
“Silver Linings Playbook” isn’t just receiving good reviews from the critics.
At a press conference at the Center for American Progress, in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, many were singing the movie’s praises for its realistic portrayal of mental illness and spoke of it’s power to raise awareness of the roadblocks many face in the U.S. in order to get treatment for their conditions.
Actor Bradley Cooper spoke alongside former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy and Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, among others, addressing how mental illness has affected their lives.
“I was ignorant before I did this movie,” admitted Cooper, who in the movie portrays Pat Solitano, a man living with bipolar disorder. “For me it felt like that it wasn’t acting. I felt like I could understand that if life dealt a different set of cards to me, I could understand being in a situation that Pat found himself in.”
Kennedy compared the mental health battle and the hurdles many face to find treatment to the civil rights war his uncle, President John F. Kennedy, faced in office.
“Today that can be said for those of us, like myself, who suffer from a mental illness. But not just a medical issue, but a civil rights issue, because the denial of medical treatment is really a civil rights issue,” he said.
Stabenow hopes the movie can be the start of a continuing trend of bringing the mental health issue not only to Congress but to the rest of the nation.
“We need to bring awareness. The movie is a very important place to start with real people, talking about life struggles and the fact that there is hope.”
“If we do communicate, healing can occur,” concluded Cooper. “Hopefully today can be the beginning of that awareness and that action.”
The movie is up for best picture and several other Oscars in Sunday night’s ceremony, including all the top acting awards. Cooper and his co-star Jennifer Lawrence are up for best actor and actress, and Robert De Niro and Jackie Weaver for supporting actor and actress. Its director, David O. Russell is nominated for best director.
Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t seen Silver Linings Playbook, this story may not be for you.
His estrangement from his wife, Nikki, is the driving — or at least, activating — force behind the violent, bipolar episodes that put Bradley Cooper’s Pat in a mental hospital and then on the fringe of society in Silver Linings Playbook, and the bulk of director David O. Russell’s hit dramedy features the misguided effort Pat puts into reuniting with the woman who left him.
In the midst of his efforts, Pat ultimately falls for Tiffany, a young widower played by Jennifer Lawrence. When he finally — and unexpectedly — sees his ex-wife, he simply whispers something in her ear — something that the audience cannot hear. In a discussion with THR at the National Board of Review Awards in Manhattan on Tuesday, Russell — who was there to receive a screenwriting award — said that he had an idea for what was said in that confidence.
“I think it’s open to interpretation, but the intention of it is to say that the best way you can say goodbye to somebody is lovingly, from the best place of yourself, which doesn’t happen often enough in this world,” he explained. “I think very often, when it’s time to say goodbye to each other, we choose to agitate or turn it into something else, because goodbyes can be too emotional. But no, he didn’t agitate, he said it in a very soulful way. I could tell you everything I think he said, but we’ll leave it up to [the audience].”
When pressed, Russell smiled and, perhaps jokingly, gave a nod to the NFL betting subplot that becomes so pivotal in the third act of the film.
“He asked her what the over/under was for the NFL that weekend,” Russell offered. “That was the first thing he said.”
David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook won four awards at the Capri, Hollywood Film Festival, including the festival’s film of the year honor, organizers announced Wednesday.
Benh Zeitlin’s fantasy drama Beasts of the Southern Wild, Juan Antonio Bayona’s action drama The Impossible, and crime thriller The Iceman, from Ariel Vromen, were also highly decorated at the festival, which started on Dec. 26.
The 17-year-old Capri, Hollywood festival, which takes place on the picturesque island of Capri, off the coast of Naples, is the last festival of the year and the first of the following year. Films honored at the event often go on to find success at the Oscars.
The selection of Silver Linings Playbook as film of the year, especially, could bode well for the film’s chances come Oscar time: Michel Hazanavicus’ The Artist was Capri, Hollywood’s film of the year a year ago, and it went on to win five Oscars.
Silver Linings Playbook was also honored with the festival’s audience award, an award for the best acting ensemble, and Bradley Cooper, who plays a mentally ill patient who moves back home with his parents, was honored as actor of the year. Cooper’s prize will be presented to him later in January, in Rome, in conjunction with the Italian launch of Silver Linings Playbook.
The low-budget Beasts of the Southern Wild, which had its Italian premiere at the festival, was the next most decorated film at the festival. The film, which recounts a fantasy tale of a poor young girl in the Louisiana bush, won Capri, Hollywood’s prize for Surprise Film of the Year, while 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis, who plays the role of young girl Hushpuppy, was selected as best actress.
Bayona was named best director for his work on The Impossible, while Vromen was named breakout director for The Iceman.
Among the other awards, Franco Nero, who created the iconic role of cowboy drifter Django that inspired Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, was given the festival’s Capri Legend Award for lifetime achievement, while the Capri Cult Award for achievement from a director went to Antoine Fuqua. Fuqua’s award was presented to him by actor Gerard Butler, who plays one of the main roles in Fuqua’s soon-to-be-released thriller Olympus Has Fallen.
Edoardo Ponti was given the prize for best short film for The Night Shift Belongs to the Stars, while Germany’s Nina Hoss, the protagonist in Barbara, was selected as the best European actress.
Pascal Vicedomini, the festival’s founder and director, praised the Capri lineup, saying it included “an amazing array of first-class international movies.” Vicedomini is also the founder and director of the eight-year-old Los Angeles-Italia Fashion and Art Fest, which will take place at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles in February, just before the facility hosts the Oscars.
The first time David O. Russell phoned Bradley Cooper, it was midafternoon on a fall day a few years ago, and the topic, ostensibly at least, was Cooper’s possible involvement in either the adaptation of the horror-lit mash-up “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” or a couple of other movies Russell had recently written. The connection was spotty, so the actor climbed out onto the roof of his house to keep the conversation going. By the time they said goodbye, the sun had nearly set.
Cooper and Russell didn’t end up collaborating on any of those projects, but their lengthy exchange that day and subsequent meetings led to Cooper eventually winning the role of Pat Solitano, the bipolar protagonist in Russell’s chaotic comedy “Silver Linings Playbook.” It was a part originally intended for Mark Wahlberg in a movie that had initially been scheduled to shoot before “The Fighter,” the 2010 Wahlberg-headlined drama that marked Russell’s comeback as a filmmaker adept at making entertaining, off-center movies that connect with both critics and audiences.
“We spoke a lot while he was casting the movie, and by that time we’d really hit it off,” Cooper says. “But it was never about me being in it. Even at this point, I never thought it’d be in my landscape to be in a David O. Russell movie. But I will tell you that the whole reason I took out a loan from the government to go to grad school and then move to L.A. to be on a TV show was all to be here at a table with this man. That was the goal.”
Russell’s talent as a filmmaker can be seen with a simple glance at his résumé — “The Fighter,” “Three Kings,” “Flirting With Disaster.” He also has a realknack for casting well-known actors in roles that go against type. In “Silver Linings,” audiences discover that Jennifer Lawrence, playing a force-of-nature neighbor opposite Cooper, has a dazzling flair for screwball comedy. It’s also quickly apparent that Cooper, moving between Pat’s volatility and vulnerability, possesses a range unimagined from watching him in the “Hangover” movies.
“Pat’s hunger and determination to reintroduce himself were matched perfectly by Bradley’s determination as a performer who hadn’t shown many of his dimensions,” Russell says. “Bradley was really desperate to be seen as not just another pretty face.”
Cooper seems mostly content to let this assertation alone, despite Russell’s prodding otherwise. “As an actor, you want to feel like you have a partner,” Cooper says, looking at Russell. “Someone who wants you to jump on your own, but they’re also falling with you. You can’t be coddled, but you want to feel safe enough to jump. And that’s what he provides.”
When thinking about their collaboration, the image that comes to Cooper’s minds is “two heads coming together humming.” The two went over every line in the script together, revision upon revision, finding the character and devising a third-act arc that departs significantly from the source material, Matthew Quick’s 2008 novel. In the end, Cooper says, Pat became a way to investigate a part of himself, delving into feelings of anger and emptiness that he hadn’t fully explored.
Cooper’s mother, Gloria, who was often on the Philadelphia set during filming, found his transformation convincing, though he wasn’t quite sure if he wanted to accept her praise.
“She said, ‘Bradley, it’s like you’re not acting,'” Cooper remembers. “And I’m saying, ‘What do you mean I’m not acting? Mom, this guy’s bipolar!” Cooper laughs. “It was really funny because she was so dead-serious. But she wasn’t wrong. I had reached a point where it was just happening. But, yeah, couldn’t it have been like Face (the action hero Cooper played in “The A-Team”)? Isn’t that who I really am? It’s Pat Solitano? Really? OK. I guess I’m cool with that, Mom.”
Bradley attended the 2012 Satellite Awards yesterday, where both Silver Linings Playbook and himself won pretty big awards. They nabbed the biggest awards of the night, winning 5 awards total. Bradley won Best Actor and the film won Best Picture. Congratulations to Bradley, as well as the movie and all the cast members! You can check out a full list of awards that Bradley and Silver Linings Playbook won last night below:
Motion Picture: Silver Linings Playbook
Actress in a Motion Picture: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Actor in a Motion Picture: Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Director: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Film Editing: Jay Cassidy, Silver Linings Playbook
Bradley attended the photocall and press conference at the 2012 International Toronto Film Festival for Silver Linings Playbook. I uploaded in total 64 MQ and HQ photos of Bradley from the events. The event was held yesterday, September 9th, at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, Canada. Enjoy!
Public Appearances > Events from 2012 > Toronto Film Festival – “Silver Linings Playbook” Photocall
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