The “Silver Linings Playbook” star along with his director David O. Russell met with Vice President Joe Biden yesterday to discuss mental health.
The two were most likely chosen from the large pool of Hollywood political enthusiasts because mental health is the theme of critically acclaimed film
Russell was inspired to make the movie about a bipolar man after watching his own son deal with bipolar disorder.
“It’s very personal to me. My son, I’ve been through this with my son and his friend, and that’s why I did the movie,” Russell told The Hollywood Reporter. “So when it’s personal, you know that you’re coming from the right place. You’re not coming from a reckless place. You’re coming from a very careful place. I’m 18 years deep with this kid, so I’m very invested in him and his friends.”
But while Russell has hands-on experience with bipolar disorder, Cooper, on the other hand, merely plays the leading man in the film. The actor must have studied up on the subject when he tackled the role, and his performance did earn him an Oscar nomination for “Best Actor,” but does capturing a character on screen make you a scholar on the subject off the screen?
The Sandy Hook shooting sparked a national conversation on mental heath after it was revealed that the shooter Adam Lanza was mentally ill, and in the wake of the massacre, Biden was tasked with studying gun control on behalf of the White House as well as addressing the role mental health plays in violence. Obama’s original 23 directives on gun control also included providing better mental health care to Americans.
Conservatives have focused in on mental health as part of the solution, too. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) argues that mental health was ultimately the “root cause” of the Sandy Hook tragedy.
So, now that we’ve established that mental health is a problem in the U.S., Hollywood obviously gets to help dictate what the federal government does about it.
Cooper is a fine actor, in both senses of the word, but let’s leave the subject of mental health to you know, actual doctors and other people who have spent years, not weeks, studying the issue.
VP meets w/ director David Russell & actor Bradley Cooper of Silver Linings Playbook in his office today. (WH Photo) twitter.com/VP/status/2996…— Office of VP Biden (@VP) February 8, 2013