Reelzchannel.com has a very short interview with Jeff Bridges who is set to play Rooster Cogburn in the Coens’ adaptation of True Grit. Here’s what he had to say;
On whether or not John Wayne’s performance in the original movie adaptation will influence his own;
“It doesn’t, really, because the brothers are basing their script on the novel by Charles Portis. I don’t think they’re really considering it a remake of that film, but rather a remake of that book. So I’m looking at the book and the character who’s written in the book. I admire John Wayne; I think he’s a wonderful actor, but I’m not going to reference him, really. I’m just going to do the book.”
On the on-going quest to cast the 14 year-old girl to play the pivotal role of Mattie Ross;
“Well, it’s a large role. Any role that big is going to be a challengefor any actor, but for an actor of a young age, it’s going to be even tougher. But we know it can be done; look at Tatum O’Neal [Oscar winner for 1973's Paper Moon]. She did a wonderful job. There are lot of terrific young actors, and as a matter of fact, I might even take my statement back because I’ve worked with some really wonderful child actors who’ve had no trainingwhatsoever, and they turn out to be great. A lot of acting is just about pretending, and kids are certainly good at that.”
Thanks again to Joe!