Bloggers Already Love Jeff Bridges In CRAZY HEART

The raves about Jeff Bridges' performance as Bad Blake are already coming in! See what  Los Angeles Times' Patrick Goldstein, The Wrap's Steve Pond and awards blog "And The Winner Is..." all have to say about the CRAZY HEART star's work. (Pictured above: director Scott Cooper at far left, with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Bridges and members of the crew looking on.)

Also, don't miss this sneak peek at one of the scenes from the film being shot - of Jeff and costar Colin Farrell singing on stage! The video's a little grainy but definitely worth a peek.

Four-Time Academy Award® Nominee Jeff Bridges Stars as the richly comic, semi-tragic romantic anti-hero Bad Blake in the debut feature film CRAZY HEART from writer-director Scott Cooper.  Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who's had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can’t help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean (Golden Globe® nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal), a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician.  As he struggles down the road of redemption, Bad learns the hard way just how tough life can be on one man’s crazy heart. 

Now, see what some of Hollywood's bloggers are saying! Words or phrases in bold have been added by yours truly, not the bloggers.

(And head to the bottom of this post to check out video of one of CRAZY HEART's concert scenes being filmed.)

Kris Tapley at In Contention:

Bridges fully embodies the broken but spirited Bad Blake, an alcoholic country singer touring the Southwest in his 1970-something Suburban, playing any dive that'll have him. He brings every inch of charisma and charm he has to [the] role...

He haunts the stage behind a dark pair of aviator sunglasses, under a silvery, unshampooed mane, unmistakably conjuring the image of Hank Williams Jr. as he belts out a number of tunes from gig to gig.

From where I sit, I'm having a hard time arguing with his potential as this year's Best Actor Oscar® winner... The man is one of the great unrecognized American actors. 'Crazy Heart' will give voters a chance to both remember his consistency, recognize that he remains Oscarless and, best of all, feel good about checking the box next to his name. Because this really is one of his finest moments.

The LA Times' Patrick Goldstein

I'm here to say that 'Crazy Heart' is the real deal. It's a beautifully told story (by first-time writer-director Scott Cooper) made even better by a terrific performance by Bridges, who does a wonderful job of showing us a good man who's hit bottom, having run through five or so wives and boozed away all the money he made when he was riding high...

It's pretty obvious that Bridges' performance will catapult him into the best actor Oscar race, but it's also the kind of performance that will impress musicians with the way it captures the idleness of life on the road as well as the angst of a performer who sees how his core audience has blithely deserted him." 

"And The Winner Is..."

Bridges, as always, is nothing short of extraordinary and looks like a sure-fire bet for a best actor nomination, and maybe even the win."

Steve Pond at The Wrap

In an alcoholic country singer named Bad Blake, we've got one hell of a character. More to the point, in Jeff Bridges we’ve got one hell of an actor.

Bad Blake is fiction, from a 1987 Thomas Cobb novel that's grimmer than the movie. But in Bridges' hands, Blake is indelibly real. I spent a great number of years writing about music, riding on tour buses, interviewing musicians in fancy hotels and cheap dives. And there is not a single false note in Bridges' performance.

The character Bridges creates [has] a little bit of Waylon and some Hank Jr. and the essence of every fading badass who's ever embodied the opening lines of Kris Kristofferson's 'Sunday Morning Coming Down': 'Well I woke up Sunday morning with no way to hold my head that didn't hurt/And the beer I had for breakfast wasn't bad so I had one more for dessert.'

Bridges nails [it]. There is no vanity, no flash in what he does... In my book, you can't praise a performance much more highly than by comparing it to Robert Duvall in 'Tender Mercies.' But that's what Bridges in 'Crazy Heart' feels like." 

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