Jeff Bridges talks TRON LEGACY and Confirms He’s Making TRUE GRIT With the Coen Brothers

     December 2, 2009

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Today was the Los Angeles press day for Fox Searchlight’s Crazy Heart.  While we’re going to have a lot of interviews with the entire cast next week, we also participated in a roundtable interview with Jeff Bridges, and were able to get some questions in on Tron Legacy and the Coen Brothers’ True Grit.

The first bit of news is Bridges confirmed he’s making True Grit with the Coens.  While we were not able to ask any follow ups as it was the very end of the interview, this is a pretty good sign that True Grit is their next project.

Of course we also talked Tron Legacy, and for what he had to say on one of next year’s biggest movies, hit the jump:

Remember to check back next week for full interviews with the entire cast.

tron_movie_poster_onesheet.jpgQuestion: What was it like to play Kevin Flynn again for Tron Legacy, since the last time you played that character was 1982?

Jeff Bridges: Wow, it was great. Getting back with my old buddy, Steven Lisberger, and Bruce Boxleitner. I guess the same thing appealed to me about the sequel that appealed to me about the original, which was this idea that there’s a kid aspect to what I do, pretending and all that stuff. I used to love to pretend when I was a kid, and here’s a movie where I get to play a guy who gets sucked inside a computer and gets to use all the modern technology that’s available today. The same goes with the sequel, except that all the technology that we’re using in that makes the old one look like an old black and white TV show or something. Gosh, it’s amazing what they’ve got going on this. I can’t wait to see it all pasted together.

That teaser you shot was wonderful. When you actually shot the movie, how much had changed from that whole concept?

Tron Legacy movie image.jpgBridges:  That teaser was something they do kind of often with movies, and I think it’s a good idea. The Cohen brothers told me they did it when making Blood Simple. Before they even shoot the movie at all, they shoot the trailer of the movie, as if it was already made, and then they use that to entice the financiers. So, even though it was a Disney property, Disney wanted them to shoot this pretty expensive trailer. I don’t know how much it cost, but it was pretty expensive. And, all that technology that we were going to use in the movie itself is used in the trailer. It wasn’t as highly polished as the movie is going to be, but it gives you a little peak into what you might find.

Was it hard to step back into that role, after so many years?

Bridges:  It was challenging, in that I got a little taste of this new technology of acting in the volume and making movies without cameras. That was hard.

Can you confirm that you’re going to do True Grit?

Bridges:  Yeah.

Are you looking forward to working with the Coen brothers again?

Bridges:  Oh, I sure am. They’re great.

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