Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Who Played It Best? Rooster Cogburn

Who Played It Best? Rooster Cogburn
"Who Played It Best?" will be a weekly poll on my blog. Each Wednesday, I will collect a group of actors known for playing the same character in the movies. You will have the entire week to vote for who you felt played the character the best. I will announce the winner next Wednesday.

When I think back on the Westerns that I consider essential, "True Grit" is one of the films that comes to mind. Its a powerful tale of revenge and retribution. It shows the great stakes a daring adventure can exhibit. Its grand and stoic and heroic. I love every moment of it. Now, you are probably wondering which one? There was one film, starring John Wayne that came out in 1962 and there was a 2010 remake, starring Jeff Bridges. I can honestly say that I loved both versions of the story. I think both actors gave it there all in the role. So the question is, who played Rooster Cogburn best?

My Two Cents
Both the 1962 and 2010 versions of the movie may tell the same story, but they go about it in completely different forms. Much like many westerns that were being released in the 1950's and 1960's, there is a sense of adventure throughout the entire movie, even though the mission Cogburn was going on was more than daring. There is epic music, bright landscape and somewhat uncanny performances. The 2010 remake is nothing like it, the remake is cold and stern. There are no bright days in the remake and when people die, it is hard. Believe it or not, both of these retelling affect the performance. Even though I feel both actors do a good job doing the sarcastic, quick-witted, dangerous Cogburn well and exploit all of those traits, what both Bridges and The Duke did for the role was completely different. But for me, nobody can beat The Duke, so I give him the edge. Always have, always will.

Which version of the character do you prefer? Let me know by next Wednesday. You can start voting today. You can email me ( or just simply leave a name in my comments section below.

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The classics are really killing it on this column!

See ya next week!

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