Actor Bradley Cooper plays Pat Solitano in his upcoming movie Silver Linings Playbook alongside Robert De Niro, who plays Cooper's obsessed Philadelphia Eagles father in the movie. Cooper said he and his father, who has since passed, were huge Eagles fans, which helped with his role in the movie.
"Anytime you can make a connection with your own life and your role, it's a great thing," Cooper, 37, said during an interview Wednesday with Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer at the Eagles' practice facility in South Philadelphia. "And for this movie, there were a lot of those things. I'm from Philly and so is Pat Solitano. I'm Italian-Irish, like he is. I've been an Eagles fan since I'm a kid. All of those things are invaluable, and the fact that Robert De Niro and I have a personal relationship made it much easier to play his son."
Silver Linings Playbook is a romantic comedy-drama directed by David O. Russell. Cooper plays a man (Pat Solitano) who has lost his house, job and his wife. He moves back in with his parents after spending eight months in a state institution. He and his parents are obssesed with the Philadelphia Eagles. Solitano meets a girl who he ends up falling for as she helps him reconnect with his wife.
Cooper told the Philadelphia Inquirer that most of the film takes place in Delaware County in a house that reminded him of his grandparents.
The movie was filmed "in a house that is very similar to my grandparents' house," said Cooper, adding that director David O. Russell "would have food being cooked in the kitchen so you would smell gravy throughout the day as you were working. All those things are really important. They actually help ground you. When you're making a movie, the goal is to be authentic. If we've succeeded at all in this movie, it's that you believe this group of people is a real family that lived in that house on that block in 2008."
Cooper, who was born in 1975, said his family's schedule revolved around Philadelphia Sports.
"I remember the tail end of the Ron Jaworski [era] and then Randall Cunningham," he said. "And I was a huge Reggie White fan. I loved Donovan McNabb, and I was happy when Andy Reid came in."
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