Friday, September 11, 2009

The Dude Has True Grit

It was recently reported that Jeff Bridges will reteam with the Coen brothers for their remake of the western True Grit. Bridges previously collaborated with the Coens in 1998's The Big Lebowski, where he played the now-famous character of The Dude. The character that Bridges will play this time out is that of Rooster Cogburn, a role made famous by John Wayne in the 1969 original. Those may be big shoes to fill, but I think Bridges is up for the task. Besides, with the Coens involved, I'm sure they'll bring their own sensibility to the material, effectively making it something else entirely.

When I first heard that the Coens would be tackling this as their next project, it seemed a bit out of place. That's not to say that I wasn't excited about the film, because I thought the idea sounded intriguing. And now that I've thought about it, the choice makes sense. Sure, it may be a departure for the Coens, but some of their past works have had western touches to them. Certainly one of their most recent films, No Country for Old Men, was filled with western iconography. Plus, the Coens have always tended to jump around from genre to genre, making for a pretty diverse filmography.

Needless to say, I'm glad to hear this news. What about you? Does the idea of the Coen brother's western catch your interest?

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