Before making "Silver Linings Playbook" together, writer-director David O. Russell and Bradley Cooper had planned to join forces and battle the undead in Regency-era England in an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's horror-lit mash-up "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." The project died an unkind death, but the qualities that attracted Russell to Cooper for that remained fixed in the filmmaker's head.
"He had really good bad-guy energy," in "The Wedding Crashers," Russell says in this clip from The Envelope Screening Series. "Bad guys are interesting. To quote Vince Vaughn in 'Swingers,' they're like the R-rated Guy. You're not sure where he's coming from."