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True Grit, actor Jeff Bridges

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6 Responses to “True Grit, actor Jeff Bridges”

  1. IOv3 says:

    Uh huh.

  2. Anghus says:

    I liked him better in tron legacy.

  3. Hopscotch says:

    What’s the question?

  4. Chris says:

    this is, like, uh, pretty cool, man.

  5. paul says:

    The dude abides.

  6. leahnz says:

    so great to see bridges really ride into legend status with his late career success, so deserved after his long, fascinating life in the movies. warms the cockles.

    my boy and i had SUCH a giggle in ‘the grit’.

    at one point during rooster and mattie’s long rambling ride thru the woods, cut to a new shot with the pair riding through that stunningly beautiful dabbled snowscape, and rooster – obviously having just taken a breath between endless vignettes in his epic babble of his life story – starts up again, growling something like, “now, my second wife, she blah blah blah…’, we just looked at each other and cracked up so badly.

    there was something so sweet and sad and hilarious and poignant in the hopelessly grizzled and guarded rooster pouring out his soul to young mattie (haileee’s rather glazed expression as mattie listens to it all patiently and politely is priceless); it’s as if without realising it rooster had finally found the person with whom all pretense could fall away and he could just be his babbling, reflective, introspective self without fear of interruption or judgement, just let it all hang out. wonderful.

    — spoilers —

    re: true grit for kids, my boy’s a pretty seasoned campaigner in terms of movie-watching but when rooster had to shoot mattie’s amazing little black horse after riding it to death to save her life, that REALLY upset him.

    i was personally unprepared for how sad i found the end of the movie; days later and i’m still seeing the stark outline of that leafless tree against the sky as adult mattie looks over the gravestones of her family with rooster tucked in there in my mind, haunting me.

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So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

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