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'True Grit' updated: More laughs, more blood

September 28, 2010 |  5:26 pm

Here's our first peek at what Joel and Ethan Coen have done to "True Grit," an update of the 1969 Henry Hathaway flick that earned John Wayne an undeserved Academy Award. (After he won, Wayne admitted to a journalist, "It's ironic that I got the Oscar for a role that was the easiest of my career. I just hippity-hopped through it.")

The Coens promised to make their "True Grit" truer to the 1968 book by Charles Portis. "It's a very odd book," Ethan Coen told IGN. "It's much funnier than the movie." But the 1969 film seems much more overtly comic than the Coens' version when you compare trailers of the two adaptations.

"The book is a lot tougher and more violent than the movie reflects," Coen added. "Which is part of what's interesting about it." Obviously, the Coens will crank up the gore as they did in their Oscar best-picture champ "No Country for Old Men."

"True Grit" is the tale of a cheeky tomboy who presses a boozy, one-eyed U.S. marshall to find the man who killed her father. The book, unlike the 1969 movie, focused mostly on the tomboy. Hmmmm ... Does that mean Bridges will have less screen presence than Wayne –- and therefore less chance of winning a second consecutive Oscar for best actor?

Here's the 1969 "True Grit" starring Wayne.

Here is what the Coen brothers and Jeff Bridges have done to it.

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The new "True Grit" looks to be a really well done remake. The Coen brothers are masters of their craft as are Mr. Bridges and Mr. Brolin . As for John Wayne not deserving his Oscar that is your opinion and you are welcome to it . But long after you have passed away to dust and forgotten Mr. Wayne will be fondly remembered by millions .

Thanks, Greg! I'll write up a blog post about this -- fascinating!

Hi Tom,

Couldnt find any direct way to contact you... so posted this here, figuring the moderators would pass it on.

Just a small story idea... the NY Post's Dan Aquilante is suggesting in the following article that Liza Minnelli is a strong contender at the Grammys in the Traditional Pop category for her new album (which I find unlistenable, but still....)

Anyway, given that would give her a "legitimate" Awards Slam, I thought you might be able to use it etc etc



Typical condescension from a critic with regards to the Duke.

Wayne's performance was the only good thing about the original film. It was hardly an "undeserved Oscar," even if it *was* a makeup award for previous performances.



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