You can read them in the following list: 1. The Russian title of this film translates as “My Boyfriend Is a Psycho”.
2. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence spent weeks practicing the climactic ballroom dance routine with choreographer Mandy Moore. “None of that was improvised, absolutely not,” asserts Lawrence. “I’m a terrible dancer, so I would never have been able to do any of that. When it finally came together, that scene really was just as fun as it feels.” Lawrence even mentioned that compared to her, Cooper took to dancing quite naturally, when in fact it’s her character Tiffany that’s supposed to be the experienced dancer, and Pat, the amateur.
3. David O. Russell was drawn to the story because of the family relationships, and also because of the connection to his own son Matthew Antonio Grillo Russell, who is bipolar and has OCD.
4. Robert De Niro actually teared up during the scene when Pat Sr. tells Pat he wished he was closer to him, which was not scripted.
5. Harvard Medical School psychiatrist Dr. Steven Schlozman was interviewed about this film and its depictions of mental illness for the December 3, 2012 edition of Vulture. He diagnosed Tiffany’s unnamed condition as Borderline Personality Disorder.
6. Among its 8 Academy Award nominations, this film became the first to earn nods in all four acting categories since Reds (1981) and the first “Big Five” (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Writing) nominee since Million Dollar Baby (2004).
7. Shot in 33 days.
8. Tiffany’s appearance was originally more “goth”, Jennifer Lawrence dyed her hair black and wore heavy dark makeup for costume tests but Harvey Weinstein disapproved, so the goth elements were toned down. Lawrence was also advised by David O. Russell to gain weight for the role.
9. The results of Eagles and Phillies games mentioned in the movie are all real and all took place in 2008.
10. It took 5 years and 25 rewrites before David O. Russell could direct it himself as Pollack told him it was tricky to have emotional, troubling, funny and romantic content mixed together.
11. Mark Wahlberg was cast in the lead role but director David O. Russell decided to go with Bradley Cooper instead, even though Wahlberg had both produced and co-starred in Russell’s last film, the critically acclaimed smash The Fighter (2010).
12. Jennifer Lawrence was more impressed with one of her co-stars than with the others. “I met Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, and Jacki Weaver all at the same time,” she remembers. “Robert De Niro is standing right next to Jacki Weaver, and I go straight to Jacki and am like, ‘Oh my God, I love you!'”
13. David O. Russell has said in interviews that one of the main reasons why he cast Bradley Cooper was that, seeing his work, he noticed that sometimes Cooper looked really angry and trying to suppress it, something he needed for the character of Pat.
14. Aside from being a Philadelphia native-son and a long-suffering Eagles fan, Cooper also shares another trait with his character in the movie; like Pat, Cooper has battled demons of his own. Though you wouldn’t have guessed it from Cooper’s frequently blacked-out work on “The Hangover” (2009) and “The Hangover Part II” (2011), the actor has been sober for eight years. Cooper recently told the Hollywood Reporter he gave up drinking and drugs after realizing he was living way too dangerously: “I was at a party and deliberately bashed my head on the concrete floor — like, ‘Hey, look how tough I am!’ And I came up, and blood dripped down. And then I did it again. I spent the night at St. Vincent’s Hospital with a sock of ice, waiting for them to stitch me up.”
15. David O. Russell mentioned in an interview that he originally had Zooey Deschanel and Vince Vaughn in mind for the lead roles as he was writing the script.
16. The title “Silver Linings Playbook” is a source of confusion for some, especially people not very familiar with idiomatic English. The “Silver Linings” part of the title comes from the common expression “every cloud has a silver lining,” which means “look on the bright side” or “nothing is all bad.” The first documented use of the phrase in this way is from John Milton’s 1634 work “Comus I.” A “Playbook” is a written or mental list of athletic strategies that a coach creates to guide a team through a game or a sport. So in combination, the title refers to an arsenal of strategies for Pat to use while trying to look on the brighter side of life. Similar expressions were used in foreign releases, such as: “The Bright Side of Things”, “The Bright Side of Life”, or “Games of Destiny” (Spain/Latin America), “Optimistic Guide” (Greece), “Happiness Therapy” (France), “Positive Thinking” (Italy), “Guide for Ultimate Happiness” (Portugal), “My Light of Hope” (Turkey), and “Sunny Side” (Hungary) to name a few.
17. Jennifer Lawrence also shares some similarities with her character, Tiffany. For one, JLaw still lives in her parent’s condo, just as Tiffany still lives in her parent’s garage. Also, Tiffany has absolutely no inner filter, a troublesome quirk that Lawrence also suffers from: “I never know what’s going to come out of my mouth, and it’s horrible. I don’t find it positive in any way. When I get older, I’ll be more mature and poised. And I’ll have control over my mouth. One day, I’m going to grow up,” Lawrence told Elle magazine.
18. Emma Thompson turned down the role of Dolores.
19. Throughout the movie, Dolores (Jacki Weaver) announces to her family and visiting friends that she has made “crabby snacks and homemades” for them to eat while watching football. Many critics and viewers outside of the Philadelphia area assumed this was some sort of term for a Philadelphia Eagles food tradition, but most Philadelphia-area viewers were just as mystified by the term as everyone else. Weaver herself, in a November 2012 New York Magazine interview, admitted that she couldn’t remember what the term meant, although she had known at the time of shooting the movie. Finally, the Philadelphia Daily News reported that “crabby snacks” are a canapé that Doreen Quick (mother of Matthew Quick who wrote this story) used to make for game days and other gatherings. The recipe consists of canned crabmeat and processed cheese cooked together and spread onto English muffins, and cut into quarters. “Homemades” are beef rolls covered with bread crumbs and simmered in tomato sauce.
20. Rachel McAdams, Olivia Wilde, Elizabeth Banks, Blake Lively, Rooney Mara, Kirsten Dunst and Andrea Riseborough were considered for the lead female role that went to Jennifer Lawrence.
21. Anne Hathaway was originally cast opposite Bradley Cooper, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.
22. In the original novel on which the film is based, the character of Tiffany is in her mid-30s. Jennifer Lawrence was 22 at the time of the film’s release.
23. The book that Pat tosses out the window is A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway.
24. The title in Thailand translates “Love You Like Crazy.”
25. The dance routine that Tiffany shows Pat on her iPod is from ‘Singing in the Rain’ (1952) and features Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor. They subsequently include part of this sequence in their routine for the competition.