Jeff Bridges will be having a great holiday season. He’s got TRON: LEGACY and The Coen Bros.’ TRUE GRIT coming to theaters next month. The other day I watched Bridges on TV advocating the fight against kids’ hunger and poverty. No wonder he won that Oscar (even thought Firth deserved it more), Bridges is just a very likable dude, he’s The Dude. And I’m bettin’ he’ll get another Oscar nod for his take on Marshal Rooster Cogburn. But there have been questions about how similar The Coens’ version will be compared to the 1969 movie that gave The Duke John Wayne his Oscar win. We know that the Coens’ insisted that theirs is more faithful to the book than the old movie and via Screenjunkies and Latinoreview, co-star Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan, We Were Soldiers) who plays the character Lucky Ned Pepper couldn’t agree more. This is how he explained it and heads up, it contains SPOILER…
“All I knew was that the Coen Brothers were making True Grit and they were going to make a pure adaptation of the book,”
“So I thought it had nothing to do with the original film which I had never seen so I thought there’s no point in watching the film if they’re going to adapt the book. [The book] follows the Mattie Ross character, unlike the John Wayne picture… it follows the Mattie Ross character faithfully. She’s really the point of view, the main protagonist of the picture whereas when John Wayne did the film, he sort of adapted it to be more about the Rooster Cogburn character.”
“Eventually he and I do have the sort of famous shootout in the end so it’s a lot of fun,”
“He’s sort of the bandit chief of this gang of bank robbers but it’s the Josh Brolin character, Tom Chaney, that has killed young Mattie Ross’s father. So he’s with us in the mountains in our hideout and we’ve just robbed this train. We have all the loot up in the mountain and up comes Rooster (Bridges) after us.”
Those of you who’ve seen the 1969 movie… do you think Pepper’s observation is correct? What about those of you who’ve read the book.. what do you think?
14-year-old Mattie Ross’s (Hailee Steinfeld) father has been shot in cold blood by the coward Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), and she is determined to bring him to justice. Enlisting the help of a trigger-happy, drunken U.S. Marshal, Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), she sets out with him — over his objections — to hunt down Chaney. Her father’s blood demands that she pursue the criminal into Indian territory and find him before a Texas Ranger named LeBoeuf (Matt Damon) catches him and brings him back to Texas for the murder of another man.
TRUE GRIT opens December 25th, 2010