good piece on jeff bridges

at the hollywood reporter [movie city news]

At first, Bridges hesitated about making the film — though far less than he had with Lebowski. He was already immersed in shooting Tron: Legacy and hadn’t read Portis’ tale. When he did, he signed on, then began the task of creating his character.

“The ideas, they just come all the time,” he says. A case in point: Being shown photos of men from the time when the film is set. “I see somebody’s face looking at the camera. I go, ‘Whoa!’ That face would talk to me. I jot it down. I’ll see little clues and little tips that will trigger things. You prep, you prep, you prep. And on the day that you film, you let all of that go. I try to achieve emptiness as much as possible — the Zen thing — to let the deal come out of that nothing.”

With a difficult shoot limited by a $38 million budget and crammed into 60 days — much of it in freezing or boiling temperatures and with Bridges almost always on a horse — the Coens say he never made demands, never asked for any rewrites and was always prepared.

Like most of his experiences filming, he remained apart from his family, immersed in his job. A close friend scoffs at those who overlook this. “He’s an absolute perfectionist in everything he does,” she says. “You can see it in the way he works and in what he expects of the people who work with him.”


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