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David O. Russell on What Bradley Cooper Whispers at the End of 'Silver Linings Playbook'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 9, 2013 at 2:07PM

The inaudible whisper has become an indie film convention, most notably seen (and not heard) at the end of Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation," and most recently in one of the final scenes of David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook."
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Bradley Cooper in 'Silver Linings Playbook'
Bradley Cooper in 'Silver Linings Playbook'

The inaudible whisper has become an indie film convention, most notably seen (and not heard) at the end of Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation," and most recently in one of the final scenes of David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook." In a discussion with the Hollywood Reporter, Russell takes a stab at what he thinks Pat (Bradley Cooper) softly murmurs to his ex-wife Nikki (Brea Bee) after seeing her at the dance competition in which he and Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) compete.

Russell says:

"The intention of it is to say that the best way you can say goodbye to somebody is lovingly, from the best place of yourself, which doesn’t happen often enough in this world. I think very often, when it’s time to say goodbye to each other, we choose to agitate or turn it into something else, because goodbyes can be too emotional. But no, he didn’t agitate, he said it in a very soulful way. I could tell you everything I think he said, but we’ll leave it up to [the audience]."

Given the football subplot of the film, Russell added jokingly that "he asked her what the over/under was for the NFL that weekend."

Check out our TOH! Oscar predictions for "Silver Linings Playbook" here.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.