Jeff Bridges rewards movie work with drink

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The Cohen brothers have another intense movie up their sleeve with True Grit. This story follows Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old farm girl who sets out to find the man who was hired to kill her father. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. marshal she can find, Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn and she insists on accompanying him. However, he is a morally unprincipled man whose drinking and sloth do not augment her faith in him. Against his wishes, she joins him in his trek into the Indian Nations in search of Chaney. They are joined by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf, who wants Chaney for his own purposes. The unlikely trio find danger and surprises on the journey, and each has his or her "grit" tested. True Grit stars, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Jeff Bridges, & Barry Pepper.
January 14th, 2011

Jeff Bridges rewards himself for doing a movie by getting "trashed".

The 61-year-old star - who last year won the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of a drunken country singer in 'Crazy Heart' -is in a "cycle" where he likes to enjoy himself following months of hard work on set.

He said: "I have a cycle that is not particularly cool, but it's a cycle: trash myself to reward myself.

"When I've done a good job, I've worked my ass off in a movie and been very disciplined, then to reward myself I'll take that governor off and say, 'Go ahead and do what you want, man. You want to get drunk? You do whatever you want."

The bearded actor reveals his battle with alcohol has been a constant struggle in his life, but he has now learnt how to control his issues.

He told The Hollywood Reporter: "Fortunately, I'm better at that lesson - although I still seem to learn it occasionally. There was always a relationship, you know, between booze and pot and drugs and all those things. It's an element in my life. I'm not in AA or anything now, but I do drink occasionally."

Jeff is currently starring in a remake of Western movie 'True Grit'.