Last night, we had our screening of No Country For Old Men, followed by an appearance and Q&A with co-star Josh Brolin. During the Q&A, and afterwards over some drinks on 4th Street, Brolin was the epitome of laid-back and friendly. He was happy to share stories, and ready to enjoy his time in Austin (he’s no stranger to the town, especially after Grindhouse). After the screening, he remarked to me what a whirlwind this publicity tour has been. To which, I said “But you do that on every movie.” He replied, “This one’s different.” And, he’s right. Not only is he out there promoting a really great film, but this is probably the first time he’s been the center of attention.
It helps when some of his collaborators (the Coen brothers, Tommy Lee Jones, Cormac McCarthy) are perpetually press-shy. Thankfully, Brolin is an amiable guy and seems to be enjoying every minute of this ride. It’s his turn to shine, and after the world sees No Country For Old Men, there’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll have many more opportunities like this ahead.