Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Title Bout: Wayne vs. Bridges

Now that True Grit: the Remake is in theaters, we can finally settle once and for all who wins the title for the actor with the most grit: Western star John Wayne, or versatile scrapper Jeff Bridges.

Here's the breakdown:

Productivity
John Wayne:  172 films
Jeff Bridges:   76 films
Advantage Wayne

Acting chops
Wayne:   One Academy Award
Bridges:  One Academy Award
Draw

Movie's originality
Wayne:   Original version
Bridges:  Remake
Advantage Wayne

Adaptation
Wayne:  Reasonably close to the 1968 book
Bridges:  Very close to the 1968 book
Advantage Bridges

Age and experience
Wayne:  61 years old when he filmed True Grit
Bridges:  61 years old when he filmed True Grit
Draw

Appeal of supporting cast
Wayne:  features the great Robert Duvall, but Glen Campbell considered a lame Texas Ranger, and the actress playing young "Mattie" was 20 years old
Bridges:  features Matt Damon and Josh Brolin, and the actress playing Mattie is actually a teenager in real life too
Advantage Bridges

Height
Wayne:  6'4"
Bridges:  6'1"
Advantage Wayne

Nickname
Wayne:  The Duke
Bridges:  The Dude
Advantage Wayne

The clear winner... JOHN WAYNE! Congratulations to the Duke! Now, go out and see the remake of True Grit anyway. You'll like it.

Copyright (c) 2011 by Michele Chiappetta. All rights reserved.

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