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Bradley Cooper Attends 'Silver Linings Playbook' Screening At Walter Reed Bethesda

The screening of the Oscar-nominated film was organized by Bethesda group "Give an Hour," which provides free mental health services to military personnel.

Actor Bradley Cooper attended a screening of his new movie "Silver Linings Playbook" for U.S. military personnel at Bethesda's Walter Reed National Military Center Thursday evening, according to news reports.

In the movie, Cooper plays a man suffering from bipolar disorder. He's nominated for an Oscar for the role. The movie has racked up a total of eight Oscar nominations, including best picture.

The screening was organized by Bethesda-based non-profit "Give an Hour," which provides free mental health services to military personnel, Variety reported.

“We’re going to show it to about 50 guys, and do a Q and A afterwards," Cooper told Chris Matthews on Hardball. "That's the best part about this thing is that it's able to reach out and make people feel included. I can't wait to go."

Friday morning, Cooper is expected to attend a press conference at the Center for American Progress in Washington to discuss "how his recent film is making progress toward removing the stigma of mental illness," according to a CAP press release.

Cooper will be joined by former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy, Andrew Sperling, director of federal legislative advocacy for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Bethesda's Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, president and founder of Give an Hour.

Cooper, a Georgetown University alum, was spotted out and about in Georgetown before Thursday's screening, Georgetown Patch reported.

Richard Rice February 02, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Is there any chance that this film could be shown to small segments of the community who might want to know how to assist vets in our Kensington/Bethesda area? I would think there are a number of vets in Kensington who could use a bit of encouragement from time to time!

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