Jeff Bridges as Marshal Cogburn ?!?!

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    It's the Coen Brothers. Like as not it will have a good dose of dark humor. As a huge fan of both the Coens and the original, I will go see this with an open mind. They (the Coens) will no doubt show respect to the original while making this "their own," and their own is usually pretty darned good. I am going to state with a high degree of certainty that this will not be a cheap rip-off remake just trying to cash in on a famous name (and there are plenty of those out there) - I believe it will be done right, and will stand on its own. But, I've been wrong before (at least according to my exes).
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    I generally like the Coens, some seriously funny stuff, but it's cerebral. This is such an interesting discussion, I find it facinating!

    For the Anti-Remake crowd: Curious why no one has said that Matt Damon is not nearly as good an actor as Glenn Campbell!

    Sam Elliott is one of my favorite actors, but he's a charactor actor.....he plays Sam Elliott in pretty much every role he gets, and can't carry a lead in a feature. He's tried before, and it doesn't work, so he keeps to the formula that works--which is strong supporting roles. I think he could play a heckuva villian, would like to see that sometime.

    John Wayne was an Icon actor. He also pretty much just played John Wayne in every role. John Wayne plays Cogburn, John Wayne plays Red Adair, he even played Genghis Kahn (which probably killed him BTW), and yep, he acted just like John Wayne, and we all loved it even though it was probably one of the worse portrayals in film history!

    I don't think we have Icon actors anymore, that was a different time. I don't care for the actors as much nowadays, they just don't have the charisma. But.....the movies are much better. Less actor star power these days, and more effort in screenplay, script, and cinematography.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devilsclaw View Post
    .....he plays Sam Elliott in pretty much every role he gets...

    ...also pretty much just played John Wayne in every role.
    Bruce Willis is the same way, but danged if he isn't my favorite actor! My wife says I have a man-crush on him!

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    Maybe it's because I'm young but I've never understood the whole "John Wayne" thing..

    As a Coen bros and Jeff Bridges (Not to mention Josh Brolin and Matt Damon) fan, I'm very excited for this movie. I have no doubt the Coens and Bridges will pull this off!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bark'n View Post
    All I know is that no one has ever portrayed Doc Holiday better than Val Kilmer in Tombstone.
    You've got that right!

    Kilmer was classic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ICTsnub View Post
    Who in their right mind wakes up one day and thinks "I'd make a better Rooster Cogburn than John Wayne"?
    I totally concur!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OPFOR View Post
    It's the Coen Brothers. Like as not it will have a good dose of dark humor. As a huge fan of both the Coens and the original, I will go see this with an open mind. They (the Coens) will no doubt show respect to the original while making this "their own," and their own is usually pretty darned good. I am going to state with a high degree of certainty that this will not be a cheap rip-off remake just trying to cash in on a famous name (and there are plenty of those out there) - I believe it will be done right, and will stand on its own. But, I've been wrong before (at least according to my exes).
    I agree 100%.

    Jeff also has a lot of diversity and depth in his acting. The first time I saw the trailer, I didn't even recognize him. I think he's going to put his name on the character and handle the role well, but between him and Coen brothers, they'll still show due respect to the Duke. As opposed to many in Hollywood, Jeff is a man with class and charisma in his personal life as I'm sure the Coen's do too.

    I think Robert Duvall would do an excellent job in the role as well, although he's starting to be a little too old for a role like that. I think he's like 79 now. Sam Elliot and possibly Tommy Lee Jones as well as Tom Selleck could handle the role too.

    No one is going to be "The Duke", but I'm not looking for that in the movie either. I'm actually looking forward to it. I rarely go to the movies anymore. I prefer the comfort of my home with a decent HD flat screen, however, I still may want to see this one on the big screen in the theater.

    Like I said earlier... A lot of people has played Doc Holiday, but No One has played him like Val Kilmer in Tombstone. And I'm not a huge Kilmer fan. But he actually looked like a man dying of TB, and his flamboyance was pretty true to Doc.
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    I will admit that I'm not looking forward to this remake.

    As an actor John Wayne sucked until he made "The Shootist". His earlier films showed the spark of being an accomplished actor, but only that, the spark. "The Shootist" was his greatest role, in my humble opinion. His years of being an icon were coming to a close, much like J.B. Brooks in the classic movie.

    Many of today's actors have the depth and ability to play deeper roles, and one that I would like to see in this role would be Bruce Dern. I've hated him ever since "The Cowboys". That was another late in his career John Wayne flick. Dern killed John Wayne in that role, and was so convincing that I was unable to seperate reality from acting. That is the mark of a true and accomplished actor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bark'n View Post
    I agree 100%.

    Jeff also has a lot of diversity and depth in his acting. The first time I saw the trailer, I didn't even recognize him. I think he's going to put his name on the character and handle the role well, but between him and Coen brothers, they'll still show due respect to the Duke. As opposed to many in Hollywood, Jeff is a man with class and charisma in his personal life as I'm sure the Coen's do too.

    I think Robert Duvall would do an excellent job in the role as well, although he's starting to be a little too old for a role like that. I think he's like 79 now. Sam Elliot and possibly Tommy Lee Jones as well as Tom Selleck could handle the role too.

    No one is going to be "The Duke", but I'm not looking for that in the movie either. I'm actually looking forward to it. I rarely go to the movies anymore. I prefer the comfort of my home with a decent HD flat screen, however, I still may want to see this one on the big screen in the theater.

    Like I said earlier... A lot of people has played Doc Holiday, but No One has played him like Val Kilmer in Tombstone. And I'm not a huge Kilmer fan. But he actually looked like a man dying of TB, and his flamboyance was pretty true to Doc.
    don't forget--Robert Duvall was one of Tom Chaney's gang in the original True Grit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Camjr View Post
    don't forget--Robert Duvall was one of Tom Chaney's gang in the original True Grit.
    He played Ned Pepper, and he was awesome too, wasn't he?

    Looks like Barry Pepper is going to play Ned in the remake. He was awesome in Saving Private Ryan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bark'n View Post
    He played Ned Pepper, and he was awesome too, wasn't he?

    Looks like Barry Pepper is going to play Ned in the remake. He was awesome in Saving Private Ryan.

    I like Pepper. He has that look that says: "I look like I'm about to keel over, but by God, I'm taking you with me..."

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    We should see that he gets a fair trail and a fine hangin!!

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    I'm going to go ahead and say I'm looking forward to this movie. Maybe its because I'm on the younger end of the age scale, but I think the Coen brothers will do it right. I tend to enjoy most of their movies. I think that they will take it and make it into their own movie, while still respecting the Duke and the older version of the movie. I don't really see a problem with remakes though, if it is a good movie with a good storyline, why not make it again for a new generation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bark'n View Post
    He played Ned Pepper, and he was awesome too, wasn't he?

    Looks like Barry Pepper is going to play Ned in the remake. He was awesome in Saving Private Ryan.
    That's the thing with Duvall, he is in so many movies but nobody knows it because he doesn't "play" the character, he "is" the character. It's Matt Damon playing Jason Bourne, it's Russall Crowe playing The Gladiator etc but Duvall is Ned Pepper in the original movie.

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    I too question the reason for remaking such a classic.

    I'm really surprised that the Coen brothers are doing it. They have made 17 original movies together.

    Now, out of the blue, they are going to remake a great classic?? That just seems so out of character for them. Would be interesting to know why they wanted to make this film.

    Being that it is the Coen brothers, though, I am hopeful that they will be able to pull it off.

    They sure got Jeff Bridges to give a great performance in their movie: "The Big Lebowski"

    I thought that Bridges deserved an Oscar nomination for his performance. For a long time after seeing that movie, I thought that Bridges had become a hippie!!

    Oddly enough, Russia was the only country to give The Big Lebowski an award, naming it the best Foreign Film of the year!

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