For you non baby-boomers, True Grit is not a new breakfast cereal. Its a creation of Joel and Ethan Coen; the true Hollywood stars who make things happen.The movie True Grit has Oscar all over it. The timing is perfect for this (open minded) family-oriented movie. Christmas week. John Wayne from the original True Grit character comes alive with a new twist. However, this new version is adapted from the book, not the old movie.
How can a movie not be successful with Jeff Bridges, Mat Damon and Josh Brolin? But the real story is the newly discovered Hailee Steinfeld. Remember the best picture winner No Country For Old Men? She is the new star for the old movie.
Hailee Steinfeld, the 13-year-old star of Joel and Ethan Coen, iss a pigtailed, angel-faced frontier girl who recruits Jeff Bridges. Bridges plays a one-eyed bounty hunter (Marshal Rooster Cogburn) seeking bloody vengeance.
Rumor is the Coen brothers are dusting off a shelf for their new Oscar. I wonder which of the Coen brothers gets to keep the Oscar? They have the reputation for doing things their own way, sometimes brushing off the Hollywood style of doing business. Joel and Ethan Coen even did their own editing under the assumed name of Roderick Jaynes to make sure everything was flawless. Paramount Pictures gave them a free hand to do it the “Coen Way.” Their track record shows the results, and they love it.
When the Coen brothers met Hailee Steinfeld they fell in love with her. She brings a sense of freshness to the industry, along with hope for many struggling actors. When asked about her instant stardom she humbly said, “For the 14,999 girls that auditioned that did not get the part, do not give up.” She added,”Every star today has been turned down for a part, and that comes with this profession. This is a dream come true.”
Speaking about her co-star , she states,”Jeff Bridges is the most humble, loving, giving guy you will ever meet.” She added, “He is such a joy to be around. I love it when someone I look up to is not only good at what they do, but is a good person, too.”
During the shooting, Steinfeld started a”bad language”, punishment contest. F… words were $5.00, and less offensive ones were $1.00. They called it the Bad Boy Jar. And speaking of redemption, they wanted to get even with her and decided to charge her 50 cents for every time she said “like.” She and they paid up and raised close to $300 which she donated to the Alzheimer Foundation.
The Golden Globe nominations did not include True Grit….no surprise there. They were never fans of the Coen brothers but the Academy loves them. The best bet is It should go down as a classic about a classic.