Training an actor to possess the skills of a professional dancer is an intense and rigorous process. But what about training an actor to possess the skills of a total newbie? Equally difficult, according to Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell and his latest film’s star, Bradley Cooper.
In this exclusive clip from the Q&A conducted for EPIX and LA Times’ Envelope Screening Series, the two discuss the challenges of pulling off the movie’s big dance scene, both a physical and emotional feat. Russell admitted there was one component that made the challenge a little more doable. “I had the advantage of both actors being completely open to whatever it took,” Russell says. “Neither actor was squeamish to the dancing.”
Watch the clip below to hear Cooper’s thoughts and a behind-the-scenes look at the sequence:
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[Photo Credit: The Weinstein Company]