A one-eyed fat man. True Grit – Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges).

In the Coen brothers noir Western ‘True Grit’, Jeff Bridges’ plays Rooster Cogburn as an amiable mess of a character; a flawed U.S. deputy marshal, but someone you can rely on and would want by your side in times of trouble.

When he’s not staggeringly drunk, Cogburn’s good at what he does, but he’s lost the calling and in fact seems to have lost respect for human life, judging by his disregard for leaving derelict corpses in situ.

After missing a shot on a bottle he threw up in the air.

Rooster Cogburn : “That Chinaman is running them cheap shells on me again.”
LaBoeuf : “I thought you gonna say the sun was in your eyes. That is to say, your Eye! “

In the 2010 Coen Brothers’ film True Grit, the famous, or perhaps infamous, character of the one-eye Rooster Cogburn, who lived in the back of a Chinese dry-goods store, along with his Chinese proprietor, friend and gambling buddy Chen Lee, is brought to gritty life by Jeff Bridges.

Bridges, portraying (or inhabiting) the character of a fat, rough, disheveled and largely uncaring peace officer completely uninterested in peace; is one of those characters that jump off the screen. Everything about his appearance from his gravelly low baritone, to his helter skelter hairstyle and unruly beard to his shabby bedstead and his dingy long johns helped add to his characterization. Bridges portrays a truly “mean” Cogburn, speaking of the many men he’s killed with a subtle apathy. He was simply doing a job to get paid. However, despite upholding the law there is evidence to the notion that he creates his own kind of law sometimes.

After seeing the movie, I was drawn to Oscar winner Bridges’ Rooster Cogburn; a slovenly and gruff, but strangely loveable character. He’s got true grit; I hope my 1/6 realization of him does him justice.

Soldier Story PMC Instructor – Figure and Headsculpt, headsculpt modified, repainted.

BattleGear Toys – Hat – modified, repainted & weathered

BattleGear Toys – Overcoat – modified & weathered

BattleGear Toys – Waistcoat – modified, painted

BattleGear Toys – Pants, boots – weathered

Scarf – Scratchbuilt

Dragon – Gloves – repainted

Waistwatch chain – modified

Gun rig – Stevo’s Toys; modified pistol grip and belt buckle