The original True Grit (1969) featured Robert Duvall. Duvall appeared with Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart (2009). His cousin Wayne Duvall appeared in the Coen Brothers' earlier film, O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000).
The original True Grit (1969) starred John Wayne in the role of Marshall Reuben J. 'Rooster' Cogburn which is played by 'Jeff Bridges' in this film. Both actors have very similar nicknames. Wayne is also known as Duke while Bridges is known as The Dude.
As mentioned in the trivia from the original True Grit (1969), the character of Rooster Cogburn is supposed to be around 40, both John Wayne and Jeff Bridges were in their early 60's when they portrayed their roles. John Wayne was 62, Jeff Bridges was 60.
In the original True Grit (1969), Rooster Cogburn wears his eye-patch on his left eye. In the remake of True Grit (2010), the eye-patch is worn over Cogburn's right eye.
This movie marks the second time that an actor (Jeff Bridges) has been nominated for an Academy Award for playing Rooster Cogburn. John Wayne won Best Actor for playing Rooster Cogburn in the original True Grit (1969).
Despite Mattie Ross having the most screen time and being considered the protagonist, Hailee Steinfeld was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in many award shows, including the Academy Awards.
J.K. Simmons: voice of J. Noble Daggett, Mattie's lawyer.
First Coen brothers film to get a PG-13 rating in the USA since Intolerable Cruelty (2003).
This movie was made and released forty-two years after the Charles Portis novel of the same name was first published in 1968, and forty-one years after True Grit (1969).
The Cole Younger and Frank James Wild West Company toured the south in 1903. Younger and James formed the show years after the end of their careers as outlaws in the notorious James-Younger gang.
Rooster refers to LaBoeuf as a "brush popper" and later as a "waddie." Those are American West terms for a cowboy.
Judge Parker (referred to several times during the movie) was an actual judge in Fort Smith, AR. He was known as "Hanging Judge" Parker.
The first Coen Brothers film to gross over $100 million in the United States.
Jeff Bridges and Josh Brolin have both played the character of Wild Bill Hickok in separate productions before starring in this film together. Bridges played Hickok in Wild Bill (1995) and Brolin played Hickok in The Young Riders (1989).
The movie was nominated for ten Academy Awards failing to win any and going down in film history as one of the most ever nominated films to not win an Oscar. The original True Grit (1969) was nominated for a far less number of Oscars, only two, winning one (for Best Actor) and thereby winning more than this remake.
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