Only a pro can go from Country-Western to 'Tron' and back to a Coen Bros.' Western.

Jeff Bridges -- who is garnering Oscar buzz for his earthy turn as a country singer in Fox Searchlight's 'Crazy Heart,' hitting theaters Dec. 16 -- will next star in the Coen brothers' 'True Grit,' after having finished shooting on 'Tron: Legacy.'
Only a pro can go from Country-Western to 'Tron' and back to a Coen Bros.' Western.

Jeff Bridges -- who is garnering Oscar buzz for his earthy turn as a country singer in Fox Searchlight's 'Crazy Heart,' hitting theaters Dec. 16 -- will next star in the Coen brothers' 'True Grit,' after having finished shooting on 'Tron: Legacy.'

"They're the brothers, man. They're the masters," Bridges told Moviefone of 'True Grit's' Joel and Ethan Coen at Tuesday's 'Crazy Heart' premiere in Beverly Hills.

Bridges played the iconic "Dude" in the Coens' 1998 dark comedy classic 'The Big Lebowski,' a character well known for saying "man."

"And it's going to be a Western -- I love doing westerns," Bridges said. "We have a great cast. We have Josh Brolin and Matt Damon as well, so I am really looking forward to it."

The Coen brothers won the Best Picture Oscar in 2008 for their Western drama 'No Country for Old Men.' Steven Spielberg is producing 'True Grit,' which is an adaptation of the Charles Portis novel that was originally made into the 1969 John Wayne film.

Bridges, who was sporting a graying beard, said shooting the sequel to his 1982 classic 'Tron' had been interesting -- and promised that there would be lots of technological fun in this one.

"This new one has got all of the new technology," Bridges said. "It's going to be 3D IMAX. The 'grid' is going to have a whole new look, but it's also using the original as sort of a touchstone. So people who dug the original one, they're going to find that [they appreciate] this new one ... This new one is going to make the old one look like a black and white TV show."

While staying busy, Bridges, who also drew praise for his role in this fall's 'The Men Who Stare at Goats,' had one of the bigger hits of his career with 2008's 'Iron Man.' He recently said in an interview that 'Iron Man' didn't have a solid script and that it was a "$200 million student film."

Tuesday, Bridges downplayed the rhetoric and said 'Iron Man' was fantastic.

"It was a great experience," Bridges said. "I got to work with two of my favorite guys – Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr., both extremely talented guys. Great experience."

Fox Searchlight is said to be so excited about 'Crazy Heart' and Bridges' performance that they've bumped up the movie from a 2010 release to this year for awards contention.

Director Scott Cooper told Moviefone Tuesday he finished the movie Monday. That's right: nine days before its release.

"Rushing to get it out," he said. "The difficult thing is trying to overcome the expectations. You never want the merits of the film to decide whether something is Oscar nominated."
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