Silver Linings Playbook is a 2012 romantic comedy-drama. The critically acclaimed film follows Patrick, played by Bradley Cooper, as he is released from treatment for bipolar disorder. Patrick is fixated on winning back his ex-wife. Shortly after his release from treatment, Patrick meets Tiffany, played by Jennifer Lawrence. She is a widowed dancer with her own mental health history. Tiffany needs a male dance partner for an upcoming competition and agrees to help Patrick get his ex-wife back if he dances with her. As they train, Patrick and Tiffany build a bond on shared experiences and coping mechanisms. The film was written and directed by David O. Russell. Check out various Silver Linings Playbook screen facts below.
The Title is Hard for Non-English Speakers to Understand
Silver lining comes from the English expression “every cloud has a silver lining.” This is an idiom. Idioms do not translate well into other languages, often coming across as warped meanings. A playbook is a list of moves a coach teaches their team. When combined, Silver Linings Playbook is supposed to be a reference to the coping mechanism Patrick uses to maintain positive responses in his day-to-day life. This movie had many different titles for translations to reduce confusion in foreign markets. Some examples are “Games of Destiny” (Latin America), “Optimistic Guide” (Greece), and “Happiness Therapy” (France). The strangest translation is the Russian title which translates back into English as, “My Boyfriend Is a Psycho.”
Real World Football History is Used
In the film, Patrick is a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan. Bradley Cooper, in real life, is from Philadelphia and a huge Eagles fan too. The movie refers to real things that happened in the 2008 season. On February 4th, 2018, the Super Bowl was between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots. As a marketing scheme, Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence were called to give their support to the Eagles. Cooper attended the game and commentators made frequent references to the 2012 film and his super fan character. Lawrence was on a flight but led a chant on the plane for the Eagles over the plane’s speaker. The 2018 Superbowl was the first the Eagles ever won.
The Screenplay had 25 Rewrites
Writer David O. Russell took 5 years and wrote 25 versions of the script before it was ready for production. It took him this time to write all the aspects of the script. He created his final product which struck a balance of emotional, funny, troubling, and romantic elements. When he began writing, he envisioned Vince Vaughn and Zooey Deschanel as the lead actors for the project.
Mark Wahlberg Was Cast As Patrick
Russell never reached out to cast Vaughn or Deschanel for the film. He did get Mark Wahlberg to agree to the role but ultimately gave it to Cooper instead. Anne Hathaway was cast to play Tiffany but backed out because of scheduling conflicts. Other actresses who almost had the female lead include Rachel McAdams, Olivia Wilde, Elizabeth Banks, Blake Lively, Rooney Mara, Kirsten Dunst, and Andrea Riseborough. Russel decided on Jennifer Lawrence after she auditioned via Skype stating, “she’s wise beyond her years. She plays kind of ageless. She can be 30 or 40 or 20.” The director had some apprehensions about her only being 22 at the time of filming and playing a woman in her mid-thirties. Her audition calmed that concern, and she was cast as Tiffany.