Matt Damon Talks True Grit
After digging around in the OTB office cupboard, we’ve finally found the cowboy hat and holster which got us into so much trouble at last year’s fancy dress party, and not before time because True Grit is approaching faster than a runaway stagecoach.
We brought you a shiny new trailer last month and today we’re bringing you the views of Texas Ranger La Beouf Matt Damon, who talked about the Coen Brothers film when he was chatting to Empire recently. “It’s just a brilliant adaptation,” he gushes. “They change stuff to make a two-hour film out of it, but retain so much of the dialogue, and Charles Portis – who is still alive – has an ear for the way people talk. It’s a really special script.”
Fans may remember that Henry Hathaway’s adaptation wandered from the angle of Charles Portis’ novel and according to Matt Damon the new film keeps the spotlight more closely on its teenage protagonist than ageing gunman Rooster Cogburn, played by Jeff Bridges
True Grit follows the fortunes of 14 year-old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) as she hires Cogburn’s help to track down his father’s killer. Damon explained that he took inspiration from some unlikely sources to play, what he describes as “very much a supporting role”
“We had all worked with Tommy Lee Jones, who is from near where my character is from, in Texas. And Tommy is a really smart guy – I could just sit and listen to him talk. So I played my character like Tommy Lee Jones. He likes to hold court like Tommy Lee, but La Beouf is a windbag – a total jackass…”