Bradley Cooper's film nerves

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This 2012 David O. Russell-directed flick, based on the novel of the same name by Matthew Quick, tells the story of a former teacher who, after spending four years in a mental institution, moves back in with his mother and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Bradley Cooper & Jennifer Lawrence star in the lead roles, with Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Julia Stiles, and Chris Tucker playing supporting parts.
June 9th, 2012

Bradley Cooper was ''nervous'' about appearing in 'The Silver Linings Playbook'.

The 37-year-old actor was apprehensive about taking on the role of a psychiatric patient trying to win back his wife because he thought director David O. Russell - who helmed 'The Fighter' - would be very demanding, but he enjoyed the experience and they are now firm friends.

He said: ''I was nervous to work with David because I knew he was going to be so demanding - I've seen all his movies and there's really not one bad performance.

''But it was an incredible experience and he's become a dear friend.''

Bradley is particularly enjoying his career at the moment because he is doing his best to challenge himself professionally.

He told Total Film: ''Lately I've been doing things that really scare me. I've taken on projects that are compelling and challenging.''

One such challenge was on 'The Words' - in which he plays a struggling writer who obtains overnight success after stealing another author's work - which was directed by his old friends Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal and also stars Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Ben Barnes and Zoe Saldana.

He said: ''[I enjoyed it but] there were some very extreme conditions. It's a very complicated story and there wasn't much money or time - it was crazy.''