When his son told him he wanted to play in “Silver Linings Playbook“, the director David O. Russell didn’t offered the role on tray, but made him go to the audition like any other actor, even though Matthew Russell was the one who inspired to work on adapting the book with the same name as suffering from bipolar disorder like the title character played by Bradley Cooper. “He starred in school plays because it helps to focus and inspire. But I said: If you want to do that, do it by the book, you must have an exemplary behavior and have come to audition for nothing come easy in this industry. I do not want to send him a wrong message.”
Once he went to audition, Matthew was cast in the role of the nosy neighbor Ricky D’Angelo, who also appears at the door of Solitano family to track the state of Pat (Bradley Cooper). However, the shooting, David took a few moments to hit the challenges of working with his son: “In one scene Jennifer Lawrence is very health troubles on Bradley Cooper, and he has a bipolar scale explosion and he and Robert De Niro are fighting in pajamas. Then someone ringing the doorbell – and quite young nosy neighbor. And De Niro opens the door and push my baby and he explodes into a nervous laugh. I said: Wait a minute, cut. What are you doing? This is a serious scene. Robert De Niro is angry on you. To which he said: But Dad, it’s like being in Raging Bull and it binds me. I said he is committed to play a role and act as such. After happened double after double continues to laugh until De Niro told us: Listen, it’s OK, let him do it, it’s real.
Silver Linings Playbook it centers on a former high school teacher (Cooper) who has just been released from a mental institution and tries to regain his adulterous wife. While trying to make their life together, he meets a young widow (Jennifer Lawrence), recently fired because he slept with all colleagues to work after her husband’s death. Disorders sufferers will get closer and dance competition in which she convinces him to join the film leads to an exciting outcome.