David O. Russell is receiving significant praise for his work on the film “Silver Linings Playbook,” which the filmmaker both adapted from Matthew Quick’s debut novel of the same name and directed.
“Silver Linings Playbook” tells the story of a former teacher suffering from bipolar disorder and who moves back in with his parents following a stint in a mental institution. Russell’s 18-year-old son happens to suffer from bipolar disorder, so the story hits close to home for him. The main character, Pat Solitano, was nearly cast with other leading men including Mark Wahlberg and Vince Vaughn before Bradley Cooper landed the role opposite “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence. "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 told the Los Angeles Times.
After navigating movie awards season, Russell will get to work on his next untitled film project about an FBI sting operation set in the 1970s that leads to the conviction of United States Congressmen. Listen in as David O. Russell joins Larry to discuss working on “Silver Linings Playbook” and more.
David O. Russell, Writer & Director, “Silver Linings Playbook”