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Bridges: I passed on Crazy Heart

Published 08/02/2010 | 13:59

Jeff Bridges initially turned down a part in Crazy Heart
Jeff Bridges initially turned down a part in Crazy Heart
Jeff Bridges initially turned down a part in Crazy Heart
Jeff Bridges initially turned down a part in Crazy Heart
Jeff Bridges initially turned down a part in Crazy Heart
Jeff Bridges initially turned down a part in Crazy Heart

Jeff Bridges initially turned down his Oscar-nominated role in Crazy Heart.

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The Hollywood star - who plays country burn-out Bad Blake in the film - revealed that when director Scott Cooper first approached him with the script he "took a pass".

The actor said: "It was missing that essential part. There was no music to it, and if you didn't have good music for this, no matter how good the story, it wasn't going to be any good. So I took a pass on it."

A short time later Bridges got a call from his old pal T Bone Burnett, the Grammy-winning music producer. He had agreed to create the music for the film, taking away the only obstacle for Bridges.

Burnett created a songwriters table that included the director and star, and a handful of musicians and songwriters.

They started with Cooper's script, based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Cobb, and built from there. Both a personal history and a unique musical signature for Bad Blake quickly took shape.

"We did a timeline to say like when he was born, when he went to school, what was the first song he wrote, what was his first hit, what was the first song he recorded," Burnett said. "We sort of did a life for this character based on our lives."

Bridges is up for a best actor Oscar for his performance in the movie.

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