Saturday, 4 December 2010
Jeff Bridges had a mammoth task in playing a character so associated with John Wayne, but he was not the first actor to take over the character - Warren Oates played the one eyed Marshall in the largely forgotten TV Movie, True Grit,a further adventure. And it is largely forgotten - I couldn't find an image of Oates as Rooster in any image search on the net and the film's entry on the IMDB is little more than a cast list.
The advance reviews for the new True Grit have been universally positive with the film even being tipped for The Oscars. But does it stand a chance of winning when John Wayne received the best actor Oscar for the original movie? Many claim that Wayne's Oscar was a token, an apology for overlooking the actor in the past when if Wayne ever truly deserved an Oscar it was for his excellent performance in The Searchers.
I'll be there for True Grit 2010 on opening day and I'll be reviewing the film on The Archive but when I look at Jeff Bridges on the screen, I'll still be seeing John Wayne in my minds eye, for John Wayne remains the one and only Rooster J Cogburn.
The anticipation for the movie is growing and I'm looking forward to the film more than Christmas itself. I can' wait to sit in that cinema and see the western on the big screen, but you know the ghost of John Wayne will be in the seat next to me.