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De Niro wanted Bradley Cooper's mom in 'Silver Linings Playbook'


Movie veteran Robert De Niro originally wanted Bradley Cooper's real mother to portray his onscreen wife in new drama "Silver Linings Playbook."

De Niro championed Cooper to land the role of his son Pat, and for a brief moment even entertained the idea of having the 37-year-old's mother, Gloria, join the project to complete their family.

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De Niro went as far as to speak to director David O. Russell about his casting ideas, even though Gloria had never acted before, and thought she would be perfect because the Coopers hail from Philadelphia the same town as the movie family.

Cooper admits he began to worry that his co-star was serious about bringing his mom onboard until producers found actress Jacki Weaver as the perfect replacement.

Recalling the moment De Niro proposed the plan, Cooper says, "I was like, 'What?' [De Niro said] 'I'll talk to Dave, maybe your mom should play your mom.' And he literally called Dave and said, 'Maybe Mrs. Cooper plays my wife.' And we were gonna screen test my mom to play [Dolores] and then Jacki [came along]..."

Gloria stuck around the set to offer Weaver tips on how to portray a typical Philadelphia matriarch and the two women grew so close, the "Animal Kingdom" actress actually began to act like Cooper's own mother would.

Cooper sayss, "Jacki spent so much time with my mom and Jacki's the same height as my mother, so she kinda, like, plays my mom in the movie. I don't know what he [De Niro] was talking about [casting Gloria], I literally don't know what he was thinking..."

It seems Russell got the casting just right -- the group of stars have already landed an ensemble nomination for the 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards, while the movie has also earned a slew of nods for the Golden Globes.

Dec 23, 2012 12:37PM
Typical hollywood, next thing you hear Deniro is dating Cooper's
Dec 23, 2012 1:48PM
i dont know what copper is talking about what was so crazy about his mother being in the movie if jacki became his mother and was perfect
Dec 23, 2012 1:34PM
they are from a Philly suburb. Not Philly.
Dec 23, 2012 8:22AM
Doesn't hurt to ask. Why wouldn't Bradley want his mom to get a good screen role - I guess she lacked experience but give her a coach and she would do just fine.
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