Skip to comments.Iconic John Wayne Role Redone (True Grit remake)
Posted on 08/18/2010 7:17:49 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA
In 1969, John Wayne played Rooster Cogburn in "True Grit" -- a grizzled, drunken U.S. Marshal hired by a 14-year-old girl to track down her father's killer. The role ended up winning the aging Western star his first and only Oscar, prompting him to make a rare sequel -- "Rooster Cogburn" -- opposite Katherine Hepburn in 1975. The image of Wayne's craggy, eye-patched visage from "True Grit" has become a cinematic icon.
So film mavens everywhere were taken aback when it was announced last year that Joel and Ethan Coen would been making their own version of "True Grit." But don't expect a straight remake; this movie is based more closely on the Charles Portis novel. And Jeff Bridges, fresh off his Oscar win, was tapped to play Cogburn; that's right, the Duke has been replaced by the Dude.
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Matt Damon - BARF!!!
I hope this movie fails BADLY.
Rooster Cogburn was John Wayne’s role and will be for the ages.
Some movies should never be remade. “True Grit” is in the top tier.
...it could work.
Matt Damon couldn’t clean the manure off one of John Wayne’s boots.
Jeff Bridges is a huge lib. His old man was actually a commie.
“Matt Damon - BARF!!!”
Matt Damon - FAG!!!
The John Wayne version of ‘True Grit’ wasn’t that great. He was doing self parody and should have won an Oscar for his great work with John Ford or Howard Hawks.
Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn is such good casting. I will definitely treat myself to this film in December.
John Wayne’s not dead - he’s frozen. And as soon as we find the cure for cancer we’re gonna thaw out the Duke and he’s gonna be pretty pissed off. You know why? Have you ever taken a cold shower? Well multiple that by 15-million times, that’s how pissed off the Duke’s gonna be.
Bridges can do it.
I could Bridgesd doing it actually.
Butt Matt Damon and Josh Brolin, two flaming lefties? HELL NO!
I hate all these remakes and reboots.
I don't see Matt Damon films.
That's about it.
I would be more apt to see that movie, than the one coming out about Thor the Norse God, or the Wonder Woman fiasco.
John Wayne is rolling over in his grave.
Well, if it has elements of black humor ala’ Fargo and Miller’s Crossing, I’ll definitely watch it. I wish they’d add Steve Buscemi, too.
” Some movies should never be remade. True Grit is in the top tier. “
Boy - glad I read through the posts before posting - you got my thought word-for-word....
Wouldn’t it be neat if TCM and AMC and every channel that plays movies could saturate the airwaves with “True Grit” and “Rooster Cogburn” the week before this travesty is released to theaters??
REALLY? Lloyd was a Red? Great...
Hey at least that that character gets knocked off in the movie.
Jeff Bridges is a huge lefty. His father was black listed in the 1950s.
I went back and forth on this one a bit, but I’m actually fairly optimistic on this one.
I’m a fan of Wayne, but the original True Grit just wasn’t one of my favorite of his films. Kim Darby was too old for the part she played, and Glenn Campbell was sorta eh, IMHO. It wasn’t a bad flick, I just think the Duke did far better work in his career - The Shootist, for example.
As for the new film...I could give a flying leap about Matt Damon, but Jeff Bridges is a darn good actor. I think he’ll do well in the role of Cogburn. I’m also interested to see the Coen brothers’ take on a western.
Thank you for that info - I did not know that. I would have figured Lloyd was a pretty straight arrow; he usually played authority-type figures.
True Grit is fantastic.
(Spoken with The Duke's characteristic drawl) Speak for yourself, pilgrim. "True Grit" and "Rooster Cogburn and the Lady" were classics I could watch over and over again.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
That sums up pretty much how I feel about it too.
“Although Bridges admitted he had once been a member of the Communist Party during the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings.”
His son Jeff Bridges is a big lefty too. I liked the Big Lebowski but I will not see any of his films after I found out he is a major lib and Obama supporter.
Thanks for playing though.
“Some movies should never be remade.”
Very few can be remade successfully. Ocean’s 11 was a monumental flop. In fact, most (all) of the recent remakes with the current movie players (They are in no way actors) have been flops.
If the Coen Brothers are remaking it, it will be nothing like anyone expects.
Couldn’t pay me to watch Matt Damon...I remember his vile remarks during the Obamanation takeover.
So is Psycho, but they remade that. I suspect, they will remake this one, too. And, it won’t be as good as the original.
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I for one would be game to see how the Coens pull this one off. I like all of their stuff. I figure, every filmmaker makes great film after great film, then a stinker. Or they just keep making great films.
Wow - that’s too bad. I actually liked the Bridges clan. “Liked” being the key word.
Expect lots of blood.
Expect lots of suck.
“Jeff Bridges: Barack Obama is my champion”
LOL! Jeff Bridges suckles on the Imam’s teet like some of the idiots posting here. LOL!
I hope the Cohn’s don't screw it up again.
“Im a fan of Wayne, but the original True Grit just wasnt one of my favorite of his films. Kim Darby was too old for the part she played, and Glenn Campbell was sorta eh, IMHO. It wasnt a bad flick, I just think the Duke did far better work in his career - The Shootist, for example.”
True true. The affected language was a turnoff too.
I just finished watching Disk 2 of 4 old JW westerns from the 30’s. 25 total in the set. Corny and lousy acting.
I always say JW never made a good movie and he nver made a bad one.
I have DVD’ed about 30 others of his best and as more come along, I will DVD them.
No question about it.
And while we’re on the subject, I happened on this the other day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EUP9rOLf30
>>Wouldnt it be neat if TCM and AMC and every channel that plays movies could saturate the airwaves with True Grit and Rooster Cogburn the week before this travesty is released to theaters??<<
They have done it in the past. Even the cute, yet iconic, original Karate Kid movie seemed to be all over the place on cable before they released the crappy remake.
Good point! Was there a clamoring for this film to be remade? Not that I know of. Why? The film IS John Wayne and that cannot be replicated!