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The first official still from the Coen brothers True Grit shows Jeff Bridges and his eyepatch

08.17.2010

There's not been much news from the Coen's version of TRUE GRIT.

It started off with a few notes on casting, but otherwise the brothers Coen have quietly been hard at work. The film is due out in December, a week after TRON: LEGACY releases. Bridges is the gift that keeps on giving. The undoubted awesomness that is TRON: LEGACY on the 17th, then for Christmas, TRUE GRIT.

The first official still from the film shows newcomer Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross and Bridges as the rugged eyepatch wearing Rooster Cogburn. The Coens always do great work and it will be interesting to see their take on the original novel from 1968 by Charles Portis. Apparently, this film will be closer to the book than the film from 1969 starring John Wayne as Cogburn.

Extra Tidbit: Is there any actor that would be a current comparison to John Wayne?
Source: MTV Movies Blog

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2:47PM on 08/19/2010
the coens will do it justice!
the coens will do it justice!
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8:31AM on 08/18/2010
Awesome. The eye patch is going to hurt his bowling game, though.
Awesome. The eye patch is going to hurt his bowling game, though.
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2:30PM on 08/18/2010
Mark at zero!! lol

Great avatar btw dude
Mark at zero!! lol

Great avatar btw dude
9:14PM on 08/17/2010
I'm thinking of Clint Eastwood. The guy has produced, directed, and starred in many genres. He's such an iconic actor of our time.
I'm thinking of Clint Eastwood. The guy has produced, directed, and starred in many genres. He's such an iconic actor of our time.
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6:24PM on 08/17/2010
Jeff Bridges is one on the greatest actors alive, I'll watch him in anything.
Jeff Bridges is one on the greatest actors alive, I'll watch him in anything.
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5:49PM on 08/17/2010
lol, is that a hearing aid?

also i can't wait. :)
lol, is that a hearing aid?

also i can't wait. :)
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5:23PM on 08/17/2010
Ill definately be checking this out but all you Duke haters can suck a fat veiny cock. Bridges is the man though and I am very psyched to check this out.
Ill definately be checking this out but all you Duke haters can suck a fat veiny cock. Bridges is the man though and I am very psyched to check this out.
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5:11PM on 08/17/2010

Nice

He's looking suitably grizzled and cranky...
He's looking suitably grizzled and cranky...
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4:12PM on 08/17/2010
I'll see any Coen movie. I just hope they get an expanded release so I can see this movie in the theaters. The limited releases stink because my theaters don't carry them.
I'll see any Coen movie. I just hope they get an expanded release so I can see this movie in the theaters. The limited releases stink because my theaters don't carry them.
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4:10PM on 08/17/2010
Sorry for the double post.
Sorry for the double post.
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4:07PM on 08/17/2010
Never saw the original film. Its the Coens so I'm pumped . . .
Never saw the original film. Its the Coens so I'm pumped . . .
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3:39PM on 08/17/2010
The right eye is the wrong eye.
The right eye is the wrong eye.
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3:21PM on 08/17/2010

This has win written all over it.

Bridges looks badass. I'm a right-eyed patch wearer myself, and it's always nice to see someone that isn't a pirate rockin' an eye patch on the silver screen.
Bridges looks badass. I'm a right-eyed patch wearer myself, and it's always nice to see someone that isn't a pirate rockin' an eye patch on the silver screen.
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2:52PM on 08/17/2010
Modern John Wayne? Probably either Zac Efron or Shia Laboueff...just off the top of my head...I kid, I kid no there's only one JW. Also the dude reuniting with the Coen's in a western is already magical.
Modern John Wayne? Probably either Zac Efron or Shia Laboueff...just off the top of my head...I kid, I kid no there's only one JW. Also the dude reuniting with the Coen's in a western is already magical.
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2:51PM on 08/17/2010

Eastwood all day!

This will be a great re-make that actually improves upon the original. The Coens can do no wrong! And btw, John Wayne was a faggot! Clint was the better "cowboy actor" by a long shot!
This will be a great re-make that actually improves upon the original. The Coens can do no wrong! And btw, John Wayne was a faggot! Clint was the better "cowboy actor" by a long shot!
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2:42PM on 08/17/2010
Bridges looks like a complete fucking badass sporting that beard and eyepatch combination. I'm expecting big things from the Coens on this one.
Bridges looks like a complete fucking badass sporting that beard and eyepatch combination. I'm expecting big things from the Coens on this one.
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2:20PM on 08/17/2010
In respect to these fine gentlemen, Clint Eastwood is, and will always be, the best man on the western frontier. Next in line is Doc Holiday. And I'll be quite happy if old bridges milks into that third spot.

I would've preferred it if his beard wasn't grey. But I guess I have to face the fact that hes an aging, established man.
In respect to these fine gentlemen, Clint Eastwood is, and will always be, the best man on the western frontier. Next in line is Doc Holiday. And I'll be quite happy if old bridges milks into that third spot.

I would've preferred it if his beard wasn't grey. But I guess I have to face the fact that hes an aging, established man.
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2:17PM on 08/17/2010
Actually, until he decided to run for governor, I think Schwarzenegger DID have the iconic status of John Wayne. Like with Wayne, you usually knew what you were getting, and no other action star in later years was as dependable as Arnold. (Stallone got his start playing bad guy to David Carradine, then lost his first bout as Rocky, and Willis has actually acted quite a bit).

But John Wayne pesonified a pre-Vietnam all-American archetype. He wasn't a Henry Fonda or a Jimmy Stewart. He was for
Actually, until he decided to run for governor, I think Schwarzenegger DID have the iconic status of John Wayne. Like with Wayne, you usually knew what you were getting, and no other action star in later years was as dependable as Arnold. (Stallone got his start playing bad guy to David Carradine, then lost his first bout as Rocky, and Willis has actually acted quite a bit).

But John Wayne pesonified a pre-Vietnam all-American archetype. He wasn't a Henry Fonda or a Jimmy Stewart. He was for cowboys what Humphrey Bogart was for private eyes, though by nature Bogart occupied a much grayer area. Wayne rarely ever straddled the line of good and evil. Even in "The Searchers," where he had to emerge heroic after keeping us guessing. Okay, maybe I wasn't guessing that much, but the end undercut for me everything the movie was building to. And if he had sat out "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" it would've been a much better film. Stewart and Marvin were terrific, but every time the Duke opened his mouth it was a show-stopper for me. Nothing he said was just talk. Everything was a statement about morality or something.

Having said that, I am a little curious about a few of his films I haven't seen, including "True Grit" (hey, it's got Robert Duvall in it!). There's a reason his movies started to fall by the wayside in the '70s. The man couldn't change with the times.
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2:16PM on 08/17/2010

I keep forgetting about this, Black Swan, and Hereafter,

With little to no news about this film I forgot this thing existed, but I like that Coen films like to keep a low profile.
With little to no news about this film I forgot this thing existed, but I like that Coen films like to keep a low profile.
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2:15PM on 08/17/2010

Replace John Wayne with

JW can be played by Sam Worthington, but then right before production begins, he should get replaced by Tom Hardy.
JW can be played by Sam Worthington, but then right before production begins, he should get replaced by Tom Hardy.
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2:13PM on 08/17/2010
John Wayne sucked Donkey Dick!

As far as the western genre, Clint Eastwood was a much better cowboy.

John Wayne sucked Donkey Dick!

As far as the western genre, Clint Eastwood was a much better cowboy.

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2:18PM on 08/17/2010
Is that a reference to "Repo Man"? Eh, probably not.
Is that a reference to "Repo Man"? Eh, probably not.
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2:12PM on 08/17/2010
No country for old men was quite a modern-day western, can't wait to see how these guys handle the real thing.
No country for old men was quite a modern-day western, can't wait to see how these guys handle the real thing.
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1:54PM on 08/17/2010
@Terminal_83, OK, I'll give you that there is only one John Wayne, but no, all actors today do not pale in comparison. John Wayne is indeed an iconic character actor, but he in no way possessed great acting ability. He was stiff and swaggering in every roll he did. Schwarzenegger is iconic and one of a kind but I would never say that other actors pale in comparison. For actors like these there can be no substitute, but they are not necessarily good at acting. Like other character actors
@Terminal_83, OK, I'll give you that there is only one John Wayne, but no, all actors today do not pale in comparison. John Wayne is indeed an iconic character actor, but he in no way possessed great acting ability. He was stiff and swaggering in every roll he did. Schwarzenegger is iconic and one of a kind but I would never say that other actors pale in comparison. For actors like these there can be no substitute, but they are not necessarily good at acting. Like other character actors such as Pacino and Nicholson, the only thing they are great at acting like are themselves, which is exactly what we pay to go and see them act like.

But please, don't ever confuse iconic actor with great acting.
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1:54PM on 08/17/2010

Fuck John Wayne....

And the horse he rode in on. I may upset a few American here, but I really don't care for JW. I saw most of his films at my uncles as a youth, and though I enjoyed them, I always prefered Eastwood.
Jeff Bridges is a bigger icon than Wayne ever was and he will only get bigger.
I could go on forever about the poor acting quality of pre-60's movies, but I won't.
And the horse he rode in on. I may upset a few American here, but I really don't care for JW. I saw most of his films at my uncles as a youth, and though I enjoyed them, I always prefered Eastwood.
Jeff Bridges is a bigger icon than Wayne ever was and he will only get bigger.
I could go on forever about the poor acting quality of pre-60's movies, but I won't.
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6:47PM on 08/17/2010
Eh... you enjoyed his movies, but fuck him? Why do the movies of one actor have to trivialize those of another? Does Cary Grant diminish Gary Cooper? Does Robert DeNiro negate Al Pacino?

I don't understand how artistic appreciation is a zero sum game... unless your 12. If you've ever listened to interviews with Eastwood, his take on westerns were highly informed by John Wayne. Frankly, they are barely even contemporaries. John Wayne was more than 2 decades older than him. That's like
Eh... you enjoyed his movies, but fuck him? Why do the movies of one actor have to trivialize those of another? Does Cary Grant diminish Gary Cooper? Does Robert DeNiro negate Al Pacino?

I don't understand how artistic appreciation is a zero sum game... unless your 12. If you've ever listened to interviews with Eastwood, his take on westerns were highly informed by John Wayne. Frankly, they are barely even contemporaries. John Wayne was more than 2 decades older than him. That's like saying I like Christian Bale, so fuck Stellan SkarsgÄrd.

If you think the acting of pre-60's movies sucks, you don't understand how art evolves. That's like saying all music before 1950 sucks.
1:36PM on 08/17/2010

John Wayne...

Only person that can see pulling off half the shit Wayne could would be Sam Elliot - and he's growing fairly long in the tooth.

Maybe you'll call me crazy, but Karl Urban's Bones drawl makes me think he could do Wayne-esque material pretty well if given half a chance.
Only person that can see pulling off half the shit Wayne could would be Sam Elliot - and he's growing fairly long in the tooth.

Maybe you'll call me crazy, but Karl Urban's Bones drawl makes me think he could do Wayne-esque material pretty well if given half a chance.
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6:50PM on 08/17/2010
If you want to see celebrity impressions, I suggest a comedy club.
If you want to see celebrity impressions, I suggest a comedy club.
1:20PM on 08/17/2010
Extra Tidbit: Nope. There was only one John Wayne, there will always be one John Wayne. All actors today pale.

As for this? I'll see it. I love the Coens, I love Bridges, so I'll give it a shot, what the hell?
Extra Tidbit: Nope. There was only one John Wayne, there will always be one John Wayne. All actors today pale.

As for this? I'll see it. I love the Coens, I love Bridges, so I'll give it a shot, what the hell?
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4:11PM on 08/17/2010
Sorry for the double post.
Sorry for the double post.
4:12PM on 08/17/2010
You know who else is a one-of-a-kind, in my opinion: Harrison Ford.
You know who else is a one-of-a-kind, in my opinion: Harrison Ford.
6:50PM on 08/17/2010
Any great actor is without comparison. When they are movie stars, its doubly true. There's a name for actors who are easily subbed in with others - they're referred to as extras.

Fortunately, I doubt that Bridges is attempting to pretend to be John Wayne, and merely playing the same character.
Any great actor is without comparison. When they are movie stars, its doubly true. There's a name for actors who are easily subbed in with others - they're referred to as extras.

Fortunately, I doubt that Bridges is attempting to pretend to be John Wayne, and merely playing the same character.
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