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In this recurring feature, Vulture speaks to the screenwriters of 2012's most notable movies about the scenes that they found most difficult to crack. What pivotal sequences underwent the biggest transformations on their way from script to screen? Today, Oscar-nominated screenwriter David O. Russell tells Kyle Buchanan about the sprawling Silver Linings Playbook scene that evolved the most: It's got to be the parlay scene that ends the second act, where Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) comes charging in and confronts Pat (Bradley Cooper) and his father (Robert De Niro). It evolved many times, and it traversed a lot of emotional terrain ... and it's a crazy scene. It's like that Woody Allen joke: "My brother thinks he's a chicken." "Why don't you take him into a mental institution?" "Well, I would, but I need the eggs!" That's sort of what this scene is, because it's nuts, but it still works! Quentin »

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