Well bloody hell, lookee what we got here! Pics from No Country For Old Men! IMAGE ONE, Josh Brolin as Moss IMAGE ONE, on set image of director’s chairs I’m not ashamed to say that I stole these images from an article on the New York Times website which you can read by following the link on the right, however I have added the pertinent parts below. UNTIL six months ago W. E. Love, also known as Chip, had not particularly intended to carry on his family’s cinematic legacy. Then Joel and Ethan Coen came to town. The Coens — the writing and directing team behind “Fargo,” “The Big Lebowski” and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” — visited Marfa last March, as they searched for ranch land on which to film their latest project, an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s 2005 novel “No Country for Old Men.” Set in the late 1970’s in West Texas, the story is an ultraviolent neo-western about an antelope hunter, Llewelyn Moss (played by Josh Brolin), who stumbles across $2 million in a drug deal gone awry. Moss takes off with the money, prompting a chase up and down the Mexican border, as a psychopathic hit man (Javier Bardem) follows him, leaving a slew of bodies in his wake. On their trails is the aging local sheriff (Tommy Lee Jones). The president of Marfa’s only bank, Mr. Love also owns a cattle ranch and gave the Coens a tour of his property when they scouted locations last spring. As the filmmakers and Mr. Love sat on his back porch talking, Joel Coen asked if Mr. Love would be interested in playing a small role in the movie. “He said, ‘It’s pretty easy — it’ll just take a couple of days,’ ” Mr. Love recalled recently. “ ‘But there’s two bad things: You have to fall down, and you get killed.’ ” (The part Mr. Coen envisioned for Mr. Love was one of the hit man’s victims, who comes to a grotesquely bloody end.) Mr. Love warned the Coens that he wasn’t an actor: the only time he’d performed was in a high school production of “The Wizard of Oz.” “They said, ‘Perfect!’ ” he recalled. “I’m kind of bashful, but I thought it’d be a real goof.” So on the afternoon of May 24, Mr. Love stood on a desolate desert highway west of town, surrounded by cattle ranches peppered with cactuses and jackrabbits, and, in front of a collection of cameras and crew, was shot in the head with a cattle stun gun by Mr. Bardem. Dying on camera was harder than he expected, he said, and he was disheartened by the number of takes the directors called for. “I wanted to do well for those guys because they were so nice,” he said. “I felt a huge responsibility not to stink.” The producers of the film said the presence of two (the other being Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood) major projects, bankrolled by the same studio, Paramount Vantage (with Miramax), and filmed in the same tiny town, was just a coincidence. “In a lot of ways movies are run as separate companies,” said Robert Graf, the producer of “No Country for Old Men.” That both movies would be in Marfa simultaneously, he said, “was one of those things that people just sort of found out. It dawned on us slowly.” While the landscape was the main draw for both productions, the town of Marfa was a factor too. An eccentric, fiercely independent place that’s become a haven for artists and art tourists, Marfa has seen an upsurge in galleries, boutique hotels and print coverage in the last 10 years. The Coens became enamored with Marfa, “as a lot of people are,” Mr. Graf said. “There are a lot of really interesting and fun people in Marfa.” Apart from a handful of scenes that used locals’ cars as background vehicles, Mr. Love was the only Marfan to appear in the Coens’ film.
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