1. Director David O. Russell (American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook) spoke to Terry Gross about how he doesn’t want to “break the spell” during filming: 

"I knew that [the role] would be exciting and enticing to [Christian Bale] — to lose himself in this person, that’s what actors who love characters kind of live for. They can take some part of their own soul, some part of my soul and the screenplay’s soul, and who they think the real character is … [and] it becomes this amalgam of a human that they get to live in, like in a trance or like a dream during the movie. Jennifer Lawrence has described it as "a high"; Christian describes it as like "a waking dream." …
[When we’re shooting] I’m in the room with the actors and we don’t call “cut” because I don’t want them to break the spell that they’re in. I just want it to get deeper and deeper. I’ll just keep directing take after take while the camera resets or keeps moving through the room and they kind of stay in character whether they’re talking to me or not.”


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    Director David O. Russell (American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook) spoke to Terry Gross about how he doesn’t want to “break the spell” during filming: 

    "I knew that [the role] would be exciting and enticing to [Christian Bale] — to lose himself in this person, that’s what actors who love characters kind of live for. They can take some part of their own soul, some part of my soul and the screenplay’s soul, and who they think the real character is … [and] it becomes this amalgam of a human that they get to live in, like in a trance or like a dream during the movie. Jennifer Lawrence has described it as "a high"; Christian describes it as like "a waking dream." …

    [When we’re shooting] I’m in the room with the actors and we don’t call “cut” because I don’t want them to break the spell that they’re in. I just want it to get deeper and deeper. I’ll just keep directing take after take while the camera resets or keeps moving through the room and they kind of stay in character whether they’re talking to me or not.”

    Photo by Francois Duhamel

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  1. In a conversation about his son’s bipolar disorder director David O. Russell tells Terry Gross about how his film Silver Linings Playbook captures a familiar emotional intensity:

It’s very powerful. That’s why the energy you put out … you should try to make it good energy, because it infects everyone around you. … If they’re playing everything on 10 … not three, not four, but 10, that’s loud emotional music in your house and sometimes you flee your own house. You flee your own child. And you try to lock yourself in a room. There’s a whole manner of ways you learn how to deal with it. … I like to think of it as something that everybody must deal with but a deeper version of it. And that’s why I like to think of … [Silver Linings Playbook] that way, that it’s just a more bold, operatic version of what many people go through — just a more extreme version.


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    In a conversation about his son’s bipolar disorder director David O. Russell tells Terry Gross about how his film Silver Linings Playbook captures a familiar emotional intensity:

    It’s very powerful. That’s why the energy you put out … you should try to make it good energy, because it infects everyone around you. … If they’re playing everything on 10 … not three, not four, but 10, that’s loud emotional music in your house and sometimes you flee your own house. You flee your own child. And you try to lock yourself in a room. There’s a whole manner of ways you learn how to deal with it. … I like to think of it as something that everybody must deal with but a deeper version of it. And that’s why I like to think of … [Silver Linings Playbook] that way, that it’s just a more bold, operatic version of what many people go through — just a more extreme version.

    Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro in Silver Linings Playbook via hopelies

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    The scene above from Silver Linings Playbook was pretty freaking great, right? Didn’t it just make you want to dance your ass off? Good GIF for a Friday. Speaking of, we re-aired our interview with Bradley Cooper today. It’s a great one. He talks about sexy man poses and his parents, among other things.

    On watching films as a kid with his father

    It was two kids with popcorn in front of them enjoying the film. That was always the great thing about my dad. I always felt like he was my friend. We used to have this game called ‘Would You Put Him in the Movie?’ — or ‘Her in the Movie?’ — and we would have the ultimate film that would have the best actors. [T]he way that we would rate performances in movies is, ‘Would they be worthy of the movie?’ And so we would be watching a scene and I’d turn to him and say, ‘Would you put him in?’ And then he’d say, ‘Mmmm, maybe not.’ So that was the barometer. But outside of that, there was no intellectual discussion about, ‘You see, Son, this is how you set up the protagonist.’ Nothing like that.

    Silver Linings Playbook is out now on DVD and Cooper is currently starring in The Place Beyond the Pines with Ryan Gosling.

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  1. Our guests on this week’s Fresh Air Weekend are Bradley Cooper, who’s been nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in Silver Linings Playbook, and Michael Apted, the director of the ‘Up’ series of documentaries.

    Up top, you can check out the cool billboard (that’s our name for the mini-commercial you hear at the very beginning of the show) that Fresh Air Weekend producer, John Sheehan cooked up for this week. 

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  1. Bradley Cooper tells Terry Gross about watching films as a kid with his father: 
"It was two kids with popcorn in front of them enjoying the film. That was always the great thing about my dad. I always felt like he was my friend. We used to have this game called ‘Would You Put Him in the Movie?’ — or ‘Her in the Movie?’ — and we would have the ultimate film that would have the best actors. [T]he way that we would rate performances in movies is, ‘Would they be worthy of the movie?’ And so we would be watching a scene and I’d turn to him and say, ‘Would you put him in?’ And then he’d say, ‘Mmmm, maybe not.’ So that was the barometer. But outside of that, there was no intellectual discussion about, ‘You see, Son, this is how you set up the protagonist.’ Nothing like that."
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    Bradley Cooper tells Terry Gross about watching films as a kid with his father:

    "It was two kids with popcorn in front of them enjoying the film. That was always the great thing about my dad. I always felt like he was my friend. We used to have this game called ‘Would You Put Him in the Movie?’ — or ‘Her in the Movie?’ — and we would have the ultimate film that would have the best actors. [T]he way that we would rate performances in movies is, ‘Would they be worthy of the movie?’ And so we would be watching a scene and I’d turn to him and say, ‘Would you put him in?’ And then he’d say, ‘Mmmm, maybe not.’ So that was the barometer. But outside of that, there was no intellectual discussion about, ‘You see, Son, this is how you set up the protagonist.’ Nothing like that."

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  1. Bradley Cooper tells Terry Gross about sending in audition tapes for big roles while he was in grad school:

There would be calls for, I remember, The Patriot for the Heath Ledger role, or Armageddon for the Ben Affleck role, when I was in grad school. … So I would put myself on tape — I had like a camcorder — and I didn’t even have anybody to read with, so I would actually read the other character’s lines, leave space in the tape recorder and then say my line, and I did that honestly, Terry, maybe 200 or 250 times over the course of two years while I was in school. And then I would just hand-deliver the tape to whatever casting address there was.”
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    Bradley Cooper tells Terry Gross about sending in audition tapes for big roles while he was in grad school:

    There would be calls for, I remember, The Patriot for the Heath Ledger role, or Armageddon for the Ben Affleck role, when I was in grad school. … So I would put myself on tape — I had like a camcorder — and I didn’t even have anybody to read with, so I would actually read the other character’s lines, leave space in the tape recorder and then say my line, and I did that honestly, Terry, maybe 200 or 250 times over the course of two years while I was in school. And then I would just hand-deliver the tape to whatever casting address there was.”

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  1. To director Russell, Pat and Tiffany are a hell-match made in heaven. Russell is, by all reports, a tempestuous fellow given to screaming matches and fistfights with actors — and I mention that not for gossip’s sake, but because his films are similarly unruly: Think of Flirting with Disaster, Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees and The Fighter, in which the title character is the least pugnacious. Russell relishes the escalating momentum of people rubbing each other wrong. Although Tiffany likes Pat, Pat doesn’t want to date her; he wants his wife back. But despite — or maybe because of — the friction, they bond indelibly.

    — David Edelstein reviews David O. Russel’s new film, Silver Linings Playbook

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    "I like a short schedule because it serves a rhythm that I put in the writing.  We would find that rhythm to the scene that would gather momentum as we would go faster - because what you don’t want is this person speaks and then this person speaks which is how you sort of tend to start the day. But if you get broken in like a baseball mitt, by the time we have warmed it up, people are just going, like it is in real life.” - David O.Russell

    "I think David puts actors in an adrenaline rush constantly, you are onset and you have no alternative but to be brilliant." - Anupam Kher

    — Director David O. Russell and actor Anupam Kher of THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, which premiered at The Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, September 8th, 2012. 

    They talked about Russell’s style of directing which involves a short, quick shooting schedule and lots of takes.  

    THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK will be released in theaters in November of this year.

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