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Robert De Niro Breaks Down During Katie Couric 'Silver Linings Playbook' Interview: VIDEO

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Robert DeNiro, asked about his Silver Linings Playbook role as a father whose son (Bradley Cooper) struggles with bipolar disorder, was overcome with emotion describing how he empathized with director David O Russell's personal experience with the same issues.

Watch the touching moment, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I'm with the first few posters--I was offended by this movie, as my sister has struggled with bipolar disorder for almost 30 years, and it sure isn't a warm, fuzzy everything-solved-via-ballroom-dance-and-a-foul-mouthed-manic-dream-pixie-girl experience. If the movie has touched other people, that's nice, but it frankly ticked me off. (And I hated "As Good As It Gets," too.) Glad DeNiro had a satisfying acting experience, but that's about it.

    Watch, "Lincoln" and "Argo" split votes, and "Silver Linings" upsets at the Oscars. I'd better lay in some Nerf to throw at the TV.

    Posted by: Dback | Feb 5, 2013 9:15:51 PM


  2. I'm hoping for "Life Of Pi," myself, but you're probably right about the split.

    Posted by: jj | Feb 5, 2013 9:31:00 PM


  3. Josh, JG, .....are you both new here? You're seeing Kiwi at his BEST tonight - writing on a real subject, saying intelligent things, informing us of various works of art we may have missed, and, in general, behaving like a true intellectual (in the best sense of that term.) Why complain now? We're ahead of the game as long as he he doesn't tell someone to give himself a gasoline enema or threaten to poop on a grave. When Kiwi has a good night with his writing he's the best Towleroad has to offer. You won't here me complaining tonight!

    Posted by: Mary | Feb 5, 2013 9:46:29 PM


  4. This Kiwi has to go. He's ruining your site.

    "In Kay Redfield Jamison's book "Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament." Touched With Fire" presents the argument that bipolar disorder, and affective disorders more generally, may be found in a disproportionate number of people in creative professions such as actors, artists, comedians, musicians, authors, performers and poets." Conditions may vary with BiPol 1 and BiPol 2. Bipol 2 is more prone to depression. While BiPol 1 has to have experienced full blown mania, but is more prone to suicide. BiPol 1 is the more dangerous of the two. Onset of BiPol 1 is in the early 20's. It is best controlled in some by the drug Lithium.

    Posted by: JG | Feb 5, 2013 10:14:22 PM


  5. Kiwi: If you're doing some good writing tonight, that's great.
    Nothing personal.

    Posted by: JG | Feb 5, 2013 10:19:22 PM


  6. OMG! JJ/JOSH/RATBASTARD shut the hell up already! We get it, you don't like Kiwi. We're tired of your little pissing match. Grow up!

    Posted by: ENOUGH! | Feb 6, 2013 1:03:40 AM


  7. *JG

    Posted by: ENOUGH! | Feb 6, 2013 1:05:02 AM


  8. "He didn't make a documentary." Well put. Kiwi, this is going to stick with me. So often movie criticisms are not so much about the movie and its unique characters and stories, but rather that the reviewer is unsatisfied that the topic is not covered in the way the he or she anticipates/desires/expects or approves of.

    Posted by: Mitch | Feb 6, 2013 12:29:26 PM


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