Jeff Bridges |
True Grit |
Dustin Parker |
True Grit is a 2010 American Western film written and directed by the Coen brothers. It is the second adaptation of Charles Portis’ 1968 novel of the same name, which was previously filmed in 1969 starring John Wayne. This version stars Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross and Jeff Bridges as U.S. Marshal Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn, along with Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, and Barry Pepper. |
Jeff Bridges performance in the 2010 adaptation of the book “True Grit”, Authored by Charles Portis, was a 2011 Academy Award Nominee for Best Actor. In the movie, Mr. Bridges plays the cantankerous hard drinking no nonsense U.S. Marshall, Rooster Cogburn, who has a reputation for having “True Grit”, by ensuring that the job is done. Mattie Ross’s character (Hailee Steinfeld), hires the callus U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) to track down her father’s killer and bring him to justice. The murderous Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin) was a reputed criminal and a former hired hand of Mattie Ross’s father. The film is a described as a re-make of the 1969 version starring John Wayne but Jeff Bridges is adamant that it is a new interpretation of the book and he didn’t look to the old movie for any inspiration.
Jeff Bridges ability to assimilate into a character starts with the costumer; it is the first person he met with in developing the persona of Rooster Cogburn. This is considered the outside/in method; a common technique for actors to change their physical appearance on the outside to mimic how they feel on the inside. Jeff Bridges childhood was unique in that his father Lloyd Bridges was a famous actor. When his father would be in a western he would come home dressed in authentic western attire, giving Jeff inspiration for one day acting in westerns like his father. Mr. Bridges shares some of the traits of Rooster Cogburn, “Well, true grit I believe, this is my definition of... [continues]
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