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Sunday 20 May 2018

Bridges' film plea to Scorsese

Jeff Bridges was keen for a role in The Last Temptation Of Christ
Jeff Bridges was keen for a role in The Last Temptation Of Christ

Jeff Bridges once wanted a part so badly that he wrote to director Martin Scorsese.

The award-winning actor, who has received an Oscar nomination for his performance in True Grit, hankered for the role of Judas Iscariot in Martin's big-screen adaptation of The Last Temptation Of Christ, so he made his request known to the filmmaker with pen and paper.

"The only time I wrote to a director asking if I could be in his movie was when I wrote to Martin Scorsese asking to play Judas in The Last Temptation Of Christ," he said.

"I love that book and the author Nikos Kazantzakis is a favourite of mine. That might have been the only movie I went after to get."

The role of Judas went to Harvey Keitel, with Willem Dafoe starring as Jesus, and won Martin an Oscar nomination for best director in 1989.

Jeff, who took home an Academy Award statuette for Crazy Heart in 2010, has enjoyed an illustrious career for over the past four decades.

"When I look back at all the movies I've done, I have great fond memories," he said.

"It's not just the movie itself. I look back at The Big Lebowski, I remember all the great times we had when we were making it."

:: True Grit is in cinemas now.

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