Opening today, in limited release, is Fox Searchlight’s Crazy Heart. If you haven’t yet heard about the film it’s understandable. Originally scheduled for release next year, Fox Searchlight has mounted an impressive last minute campaign to get the film into theaters as they’re trying to get Jeff Bridges his long deserved Oscar. But let me back up a second. You might first want to know what the film is about.
Jeff Bridges stars as the anti-hero Bad Blake in the debut feature film from writer-director Scott Cooper. Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who’s had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can’t help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician.
I saw the film last week and the buzz surrounding Jeff Bridges performance is well deserved. He’s great as Bad Blake and I think it’s a sure bet he’ll be nominated for an Oscar. So to help promote the film, I got to speak with Bridges and our conversation is after the jump. We talk about how the project came together, what’s the secret to playing a believable drunk on screen, Fox Searchlight and how they’re championing the film, and, of course, Tron Legacy.
- What brought him to the project
- What’s the secret to playing a believable drunk on screen
- How Fox Searchlight decided to release it this year instead of next year
- Tron Legacy – what was it like to play Kevin Flynn again