At the Golden Globes, two winners, Sandra Bullock and Jeff Bridges, admitted that they had originally passed on the roles that wound up winning them awards. In Bridge’s case, he didn’t think that Crazy Heart could top his other film about musicians, The Fabulous Baker Boys. He liked Scott Cooper’s script, but it had no music attached to it. After a year passed, Bridges ran into T-Bone Burnett, a friend of 30 years since Heaven’s Gate, who said, “I’ll do it if you do it.”
“That was it. A dream come true,” said Bridges. “He’s really the soul of this picture.” One reason Bridges is such a lock for the best actor Oscar is that he not only is liked and respected, but he has had such a long career that he has worked with so many people. At the Lionsgate party Saturday night, character actor Ed Lauter said he had made seven films with Bridges.
[Golden Globes Photo: Paul Drinkwater: NBC]
Bridges is pleased that critics and awards groups have helped to “bring attention to a small movie like this. It needs those things to happen to bring people into the theater.” He admitted that he was surprised by the emotion that “welled up in me when I felt that love and appreciation coming. It was a wonderful feeling.”