“When the Coens first mentioned the idea of making
, I said ‘Gee, didn’t they make that movie? Why do you want to do it again?’” recalls Jeff Bridges. “And they said, ‘We’re not remaking the film, we’re making a version of the original book by Charles Portis.’
“So I read the book and I immediately saw what they were talking about. It seemed like the perfect story for the Coens to make into a movie. And since they have never made an actual Western adventure before, it was going to be a surprise.”
Having worked with the Coens on cult smash
The Big Lebowski
in 1998, Bridges was attracted to the role of the Whiskey-guzzling, fearsome and potentially inept US Marshal.
Considering his extensive riding experience, not to mention the fact that his father Lloyd had starred in many Westerns in his time, Bridges was the perfect fit for Cogburn.
“Rooster Cogburn kind of straddles the law,” the actor explains, “he’s got one foot on the side of the law and one foot entirely against it.
“But Mattie is looking for a man who has true grit, and that, he certainly has in spades. He’s got that thing where no matter how tough the situation is, he’s going to see it through to the end.” Now to find a Mattie…