Robert De Niro plays Bradley Cooper’s father, an obsessive-compulsive sports fan and sometimes bookie.
Bradley Cooper’s Pat works out issues with his therapist (Anupam Kher). Like his character, Cooper is a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan in real life.
Jennifer Lawrence plays a widow, pictured here before a pivotal dancing competition. “I’m an awful dancer,” the actress says, “but Bradley is a great dancer and learned everything fast. He had to put up with me. For him, it was like dancing with an old man. I look like a baby colt learning to walk when I dance."
Jacki Weaver plays Dolores Solitano, mother to Bradley Cooper's Pat. In this scene, Pat’s mental asylum buddy Danny (Chris Tucker), makes an unannounced visit.
Bradley Cooper and David O. Russell (in a baseball cap) are pictured with the cast and crew between scenes on Silver Linings Playbook.
David O. Russell frames a shot as Jennifer Lawrence blocks the scene in which she and Bradley Cooper share Raisin Bran at a diner. Later in the film, romance develops. Says Lawrence of the movie’s climactic scene: “We had to do like 10 takes, and I was like, ‘I’m totally sick of kissing. It’s like chewing gum for 45 minutes.’ ”
An Unorthodox Method
David O. Russell stands with producer Bruce Cohen on the set. Russell is known for being a multitasker and switching between scripted and unscripted moments during shoots. All of this might seem chaotic to an outsider. Not so, says Cohen.
"The reason he can be that flexible is because he is so prepared," Cohen explains. "He knows exactly what he wants going into the editing room. It's like he has a mental checklist going all the time, and he knows he's getting all the pieces. To another director, it may seem very unorthodox."
Jennifer Lawrence gets a manicure touch-up on the set. The actress, an Oscar nominee for 2010's Winter's Bone, says she simply put herself at Russell's mercy. "It's a different way of working, keeping you on your feet," she says. "He has a way of bringing out different sides that you wouldn't know you had because he takes you so outside of your comfort zone."