- Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
All About the Music
...Jeff Bridges originally passed on the movie; it was only after his old friend T Bone Burnett signed on that he agreed to play busted-up country singer Bad Blake. “When T Bone got involved, I knew it was a pretty safe bet the music would be good,” Bridges said.Read More Here.
From an Interview with the Director
How many liberties did you take with the book [source material]?
Oh, many. It was great source material, but it really only served as a blueprint and I then I added my personal touches to it, for better or worse. It really is a fantastic book and it gave me a wonderful place to start.
Not being very familiar with the source material—is the story set in New Mexico?
Yeah, it takes place in the southwest. It's a very obscure and fine novel. It's out of print but it's being re-released in February—as it should, because it's a lovely piece of work.
Has Crazy Heart novelist Thomas Cobb written anything else?
He has written some stories and a book that came out last year called Shavetail. He's a very talented writer.
How long ago did you start adapting this?
I started in 2005 or '06, and it didn't take long to adapt—maybe six weeks to have a first draft ready. Then I sent it off to Robert Duvall and said, "Yeah, I love it, let's make this." It took a while to get Jeff attached, took a while to find financing, took a while to find the right time and to get everyone's schedules to align.
Crazy Heart opens Friday, January 29th