NEW YORK -- Oscar nominee and “Silver Linings Playbook” star Bradley Cooper said his role in the film helped him to better understand the plight of those with mental illness. The actor played a bipolar man fighting to put his life back together and starred alongside Robert De Niro and Jennifer Lawrence.
Cooper knew there was lot at stake playing a role that was so meaningful to director David Russell. Russell’s own son suffers from bipolar disorder and Wednesday on “CBS This Morning,” Cooper said, “The pressure that I felt was based on how personal I knew the movie was ... there’s a lot at stake when someone’s asking you do something that means so much to them.”
But some of that pressure was relieved by the natural chemistry Cooper and co-star Jennifer Lawrence, had onscreen.
“You can’t fake that,” Cooper said, before adding, “That’s just luck.”