Hardball | February 08, 2013
>>> year making crabby snacks.
>> dad, be nice. she's making crabby snacks and hoe mades. come on, dad.
>> what are you so up about?
>> you're very happy.
>> i'm happy.
>> no, you're so up, up, up, up.
>> isn't that a good thing?
>> you're so up, up, up. i don't know what that is. are you taking the taking a little bit too many or something?
>> no, if i was doing that, i'd be on the floor, cad.
>> unbelievable movie. anyway, that was a clip from the sleeper hit movie of the year. it is me favorite, "silver linings playbook." eight nominations, including best picture and best director . anyway, it's unbelievable. the first movie in 31 years for all four top players. it must say something about the director, david russel.
>> hello, chris.
>> i loved the fighter. and i loved "flirting with disaster."
>> hey, i'm an honest guy. i'll tell you which ones i liked.
>> she calls them like she seeings them.
>> let's get back to the movie. i think it's got a couple things going for it. i grew up middle, middle. everyone says how poor we were. our whole family was together for a funeral. we're all middle, middle. regular people . rooting for the eagles. that whole idea of us together, as a family, i felt it yesterday at this funeral i went to for my aunt. i've got to tell you, it's real. how did you figure out philly? how did you figure out us?
>> when i see the family here that i wrote for my son, this picture, that's what i love.
>> general amia --
>> oh, my god!
>> she's one of my neighbors growing up.
>> yes, she said she knew you. she always said what a good guy you were.
>> well, those girls used to collect our newspapers when we went away.
>> yeah, they're great.
>> tell me about this movie. you're up against the big guns . you're up against "lincoln." and i think a lot of people are going to root fur "lincoln" because he's the greatest president in american history . but their movie has four performances about real people , not history. people next door, down the street.
>> that's what our picture is. it's real people , you know. my son has struggled with mood disordered. and i wrote this for five years. and i have hundreds of people. i just had your producer, ann klein say to me about someone she knows. the young man is suicidedal and bipolar. you know when you meet each other, you know when i say yes, you know we've been down this road together.
>> a lot of people my age and older stop going to the movies. they don't go to movies anymore. too much violence. too much sex on tape. you've got to go back to the movies for this. this is a movie you'll rebel why movies were great.
>> well, i like to make movies with a lot of heart. those are my favorite films. the fighter is all about heart. it's all art families overcoming and those are my favorite characters. i could listen to those people all day. almost regardless of the story.
>> how do people that come to this country from, like, australia, new zealand, i think of russel crowe and naomi watts , how do they learn to talk philly? how do you teach them these accents when you're directing? people watching from my neighborhood say yeah.
>> jackie weaver was nominated for animal kingdom . she's a phenomenal actress who just soaks it up. we soaked up the homemades. they told us about the 2008 season when the eagles beat the cowboys at the end. we heard about the uncle who moved the remotes to point to the end zone and said you better not touch them.
>> i somehow believe that something i'm doing in that room is somehow going to affect, the way you sit, the way you move, that somehow, that affects the results of the game. we all believe that.
>> sometimes i end up thinking when i'm not watching my team, they do better. sometimes i think that, too.
>> well, i used to be a fampb. if i rooted for holy cross or notre dame , it would kill them. i didn't mention them aum this year because i said if i say something identifying them, they're going to lose the next game.
>> and the night before the oscars, i'm superstitious. i called everyone from deniro to jennifer lawrence . i want you to say thank you. it's for my son. i'm gratful. period. i let it go. i went to bed with peace. when we woke up the next day, i was shocked that we got any nominations.
>> you were informed by your experience with your son, matthew?
>> my son, matthew, has struggle struggled with mood disorders . you look for the right medication, the right behavioral program, you look to states to help you. you don't want to wake up when it's a crisis. we're a little backwards in this country.
>> i know we are. jennifer lawrence , by the way, the greatest actor of her generation. i have never seen a performance like this.
>> well, u mei mean, you know.
>> thank you, david russel. great director with heart. we'll be right back after this. ]