Bridges: Maggie was top of my list
Jeff Bridges has revealed he wanted Maggie Gyllenhaal to play his love interest in Crazy Heart because he'd always "admired her acting".
The Hollywood star - who scooped the Best Actor Oscar for his performance as alcoholic country musician Bad Blake - said Maggie was top of his wish list to play the young reporter he falls for.
He said: "I've been following her, she's a great actress, she disappears into the role and becomes that person. She was on the top of my list of actresses that I kind of imagined in that role."
Jeff, 60, had no qualms about the age-gap on screen between him and 32-year-old Maggie.
"I thought about having a more age-appropriate relationship, but somehow the story didn't lend itself to that, it was better to be this way," he said.
"As far as how that felt, I mean, I think of myself as 25," he laughed.
"I can't believe I'm 60 years old, come on!"
:: Crazy Heart is in cinemas now.