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Bradley Cooper came to the Oscars luncheon today to talk about his nomination for Silver Linings Playbook, and he got serious when describing how he got into character for Pat, his mentally afflicted onscreen alter ego. However, the first-time nominee lightened the mood when he talked about his previous acting credits and how they weren't quite Oscar worthy. On preparing to play a man with bipolar disorder: "It started with David [O. Russell], really. It's a very personal story for him, and he did it because of his son. I hung out with his son quite a bit, and his friends, and they were very open with me about spending time [together]. I have a couple of close friends of mine who are diagnosed bipolar, that unbeknownst to them, I studied [laughs]. And then a lot of other stuff, but that was where I sort of found his heart, Pat. That was the real challenge, »


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