First Look At Jeff Bridges In The Coen Brothers' TRUE GRIT

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First Look At Jeff Bridges In The Coen Brothers' TRUE GRIT
He aint The Dude any more and he looks more likely to shoot you than to abide and things are certainly looking rather different for Jeff Bridges' latest go around with the Coen Brothers.

It's hard to imagine something much more different from The Big Lebowski than True Grit and yet it's Grit that brought the trio back together and Paramount have just released the first image from the Coen's adaptation of the Charles Portis novel. Here's how Amazon tells the story:

Charles Portis has long been acclaimed as one of America's foremost comic writers. True Grit is his most famous novel--first published in 1968, and the basis for the movie of the same name starring John Wayne. It tells the story of Mattie Ross, who is just fourteen years of age when a coward going by the name of Tom Chaney shoots her father down in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robs him of his life, his horse, and $150 in cash money. Mattie leaves home to avenge her father's blood. With the one-eyed Rooster Cogburn, the meanest available U.S. Marshal, by her side, Mattie pursues the homicide into Indian Territory. True Grit is eccentric, cool, straight, and unflinching, like Mattie herself. From a writer of true cult status, this is an American classic through and through.

Josh Brolin and Barry Pepper (where has he been?) also star.
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AirchinapilotAugust 18, 2010 7:54 PM

I have lots of love for the original adaptation. I love the language: "I call that bold words from a one-eyed fat man." "Fill your hands you son of a bitch!". I like John Wayne in it. Great outdoor scenery. The cast was great. I like the showdown at the very end. Only thing I hated about it was that Hollywood, at that time, still had actors riding on trucks and it showed. At least John Wayne was on a truck.

Looking forward to this a lot.

sitenoiseAugust 19, 2010 8:13 AM

Several years ago I might have considered Jeff Bridges one of the best American actors. But I think he has jumped the shark. He matured pretty well, not sure how he's gonna do with old.

Todd BrownAugust 19, 2010 10:06 AM

Jumped the shark when, exactly? The man has an incredible body of work and he doesn't seem to be making any bad decisions lately ...

sitenoiseAugust 19, 2010 2:31 PM

Crazy Heart, actually. He peaked at the end of last century and then, with a few diversions, slowly began to play Jeff Bridges playing Jeff Bridges, culminating in Crazy Heart and all his acceptance speeches. I'm not happy about, I truly loved and admired the guy's work. When I saw this post I was excited and then went "Ugh" and realized how I felt. Not a popular opinion, just mine.

Joshua ChaplinskyAugust 19, 2010 3:58 PM

Jeff Bridges is the man! Rooster Cogburnerino!!!