Looks like Jeff Bridge’s is likely to play Rooster Cogburn in the Coen’s upcoming adaptation of True Grit. In an earlier post I speculated about who might play that role. For Some reason Jeff Bridges never came up. But fans of The Big Lebowski are probably stroking their marmots at the thought of this.
I was just thinking about who the Coens could possibly have in mind to play Rooster Cogburn in their upcoming adaptation of True Grit. I’ve seen many names thrown about as possibilities. Michael Caine, Peter O’Toole, Tom Wilkinson, Nick Nolte, James Caan, and even Steven Segal. To the latter, I say, please no. In reading several different blog posts on the subject I noticed there’s even a little viral marketing campaign to get Val Kilmer considered for the role. I think the most obvious choice, given Joel and Ethan’s propensity to use the same actors, is Tommy Lee Jones. It just makes sense to me. He’s around the right age, he’s a little rough around the edges, he’s got enough clout that everyone won’t be saying “he could never pull it off”, and he was brilliant in No Country for Old Men and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. I’d almost be willing to bet on it. What do you think?