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.”

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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.”