Lawmakers praise mental-health awareness in 'Silver Linings Playbook'

Kennedy, who is bipolar and a recovering addict, dubbed Cooper “one of the greatest young actors of our time.” In a booming voice, the former congressman said, “I thank God, at this time in the discussion, we have a movie out that begins to humanize these illnesses by addressing them as you and me, as mom and dad, as brother and sister.”

He continued, “Because at the end of the day what’s going to make mental health an issue on the national discussion is if people do not feel ashamed because they suffer from a mental-health issue.”

The 38-year-old entertainer, donning a dark gray suit and navy tie, told the crowd, “If I can do one thing, it is to raise awareness, because I was ignorant before I did this movie.”

The “Hangover” star said, “I got to experience what those who suffer from mental illness experience by playing this character.”

Cooper called being an actor a “noble profession” — the same language he used to describe politicians in a TV interview last year.

When asked in October by “Entertainment Tonight” if he would run for public office, Cooper, a Pennsylvania native, replied, “I don’t know. I think it’s a very noble profession.”

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