References to gambling on NFL games in Bradley Cooper's new movie, 'Silver Linings Playbook,' prompted the NFL to cut the star from a Thanksgiving TV special.
Bradley Cooper has been dropped from the line-up of an NFL TV special after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell voiced concern over gambling references in his new movie, sparking fury from film boss Harvey Weinstein. The "Hangover" star was due to appear on "The Rich Eisen Thanksgiving Special" on the NFL Network to discuss his latest film "Silver Linings Playbook," as well as the holiday sports fixtures.
However, his interview has been cut from the program after bosses at the sports channel, owned by the NFL, objected to movie's references to gambling. Robert De Niro, who stars as Cooper's onscreen father, plays a part-time bookie in the film. A representative for NFL Media tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "The segment was pulled because the movie included content related to gambling on NFL games."
The move has drawn criticism from movie mogul Weinstein, whose The Weinstein Company is behind Silver Linings Playbook.' He says, "We are deeply disappointed in the NFL's decision, and we are quite frankly surprised. Pulling a pre-taped interview with our stars is nothing short of censorship... (Silver Linings Playbook) is not a film about gambling in the NFL. It's a film about fathers and sons and football bonding a family together."
The Rich Eisen Thanksgiving Special will feature appearances from other stars including Mad Men actor John Slattery and The Simpsons' Hank Azaria. It airs in the U.S. on Friday, November 23.
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