No movie quite captures the heart and fists of Eagles fans quite like Silver Linings Playbook, and now, if you've got the cash and the time, the biggest prop from the 2012 movie can be yours for Super Bowl weekend.
Inquirer and Daily News film critic Gary Thompson wrote that "Silver Linings Playbook is full of the granular details that only a diehard Eagles fan would understand."
In one scene outside Lincoln Financial Field, Bradley Cooper's character, Pat Solitano Jr., sees his shrink, Dr. Patel, in the parking lot as part of the crew that came on the "Asian Invasion" bus to tailgate.
Steve Sysko, 63, of Philly, worked on the film and is selling the bus on Craigslist, if anyone wants to drive it around town, or to Minnesota. The asking price, according to his post, is $14,500, but he says he'll take any "reasonable offer." Sysko, a set dresser for Silver Linings, bought it after no one else wanted it. The bus, he said, has mostly been sitting under a tarp.
The Inquirer and Daily News asked Sysko a few questions.
What's the make and model?
Bluebird, 16-seat (although not anymore). Custom interior as per designer/decorator/director of film. 125,000 miles on 6-cylinder Cummins engine (barely broken in). New tires, etc.
How much did you put into it?
The paint job, inside and out, cost the movie production company well above $20,000. I personally have put in several thousand to get it inspected and roadworthy.
How did it get into the movie?
It was purchased for the character Dr. Patel (Bradley Cooper's psychiatrist), who was a massive Eagles fan.
Were you in the movie?
No, but I got a crew credit.
Did you meet any of the actors?
I'm part of the business. We work with them all the time. But did I ever gaze into Jennifer Lawrence's eyes? No.
Are you a fan?
I'd like for the bus to end up with someone who is more of a fan than me, let's put it that way.
How much to rent the bus?
The insurance to rent the bus for commercial purposes is prohibitive to me.
Any insurance on its reliability?