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The screen veteran on playing an Ocd dad, reuniting with Scorsese and being a new father at the age of 69

Your performance in Silver Linings Playbook has been hailed as one of your best in years and it's attracting some Oscar buzz. How did you get involved?

I'd been talking with David [O Russell, the director] over the years but we hadn't worked together. Then he made The Fighter, which I thought was terrific. He had this other project and he wanted me to play the father. I said I'd do it. That was before David rewrote it and my character changed. He kept to himself more in the book it was based on and was more angry but he didn't have many other colours. I liked what David did: he kind of reversed him, pulled him inside out. He's a guy who has some obsessive compulsiveness. His son [played by Bradley Cooper] has that too but his is more extreme. »

- Killian Fox

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