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Tommy inspired Matt for True Grit

Published 04/11/2010 | 13:50

Matt Damon stars in True Grit
Matt Damon stars in True Grit

Matt Damon has revealed he based his character in True Grit on Tommy Lee Jones.

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The Bourne star plays Texas Ranger La Boeuf in the Coen brothers' adaptation of Charles Portis' novel, and having worked with Texas-born Tommy on TV movie The Good Old Boys, used him as inspiration.

Matt told Empire magazine: "We had all worked with Tommy Lee Jones, who is from near where my character is from in Texas. And Tommy is a really smart guy - I could just sit and listen to him talk. So I played my character like Tommy Lee Jones.

"He likes to hold court like Tommy Lee, but La Boeuf is a windbag - a total jackass..."

True Grit was previously brought to the big screen by Henry Hathaway in 1969 starring John Wayne as ageing gunman Rooster Cogburn - played by Jeff Bridges in the new movie - and with Glen Campbell as La Boeuf.

Matt said of the Coen brothers' new version: "It's just a brilliant adaptation. They change stuff to make a two-hour film out of it, but retain so much of the dialogue, and Charles Portis - who is still alive - has an ear for the way people talk. It's a really special script."

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