Silver Linings Playbook
The film I chose is Silver Linings Playbook written and directed by David O. Russell. The three actors I chose from this film is Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro.
Jennifer Lawrence is considered a wild card. “A wild card, is an actor who is difficult to classify as one certain type, often because he or she can play a wide variety of characters equally well without becoming typecast.” (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2014) In this film Jennifer Lawrence plays Tiffany a young widow, she plays this role with her heart. She is a very emotional independent widow that does not put up with anybody’s crap, she is always willing to challenge someone. She comes into contact with Patrick who is very negative, he is set on winning his ex-wife back she agrees to help him. As their relationship evolves they begin to like each other more as time goes on. She teaches him through dancing he can love someone else.
Bradley Cooper plays Patrick a former teacher and divorcee. I would classify him as a character “actors who are able to fit invisibly into a wide variety of disparate characters adapting to the needs of each script and director they work with.” (GoodyKoontz & Jacobs, 2014) In this film he plays a very negative person who is diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. He has it in his mind that he is going to get back with his ex-wife. Tiffany comes into his life and tries to help him out through dancing. He plays hard to get at first by saying hurtful things to Tiffany, as time goes on he realizes Tiffany is the one for him. She helps him experience the positive things in life.
Robert De Niro plays Patrick father. I would classify him as an interpreter, “actors who take the material of often well-known roles and put their own stamp on it.” (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2014) In this film he loses his job and his plan is to gamble to make the money to open a restaurant. He is very passionate about football and as you watch this is what he bets all his money on. He plays a very passionate character in this film.
Jennifer Lawrence has played in many well know films such as the Hunger Games, American Hustle, and X-men all these films she played a completely different character. This is what makes her a wild card, she is able to play many different roles and do them good. When you hear her name you don’t just think of one kind of film role that she fits into, because she has played many. I think this says a lot about her she is a very diverse person that enjoys playing different roles not just being known for one specific type. A good example is in this film Silver Linings Playbook, she plays as an older women, but when she took this role she was just 21 you would never think that she was that young with the role of Tiffany.
Goodykoontz B., & Jacobs, C.P. (2014). Film: From watching to seeing (2nd ed). San Diengo, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.