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Matt Damon is 'flamboyant' in 'True Grit'

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12/25/2010 by Corinne Heller

Matt Damon says he had fun playing a "flamboyant" Texas ranger in "True Grit", the Coen brothers' new Western remake.

His character, named LaBoeuf, sports a mustache and thick sideburns. Damon, 40, says they were glued to his face every morning before filming.

"The whole look of the character, it was a little flamboyant," he told OnTheRedCarpet.com and other press outlets during a recent satellite interview. "Believable, but flamboyant, with the buckskin jacket and the really jangly spurs. It was a lot of fun to play the character."

In "True Grit," a teenage farm girl named Mattie, played by Hailee Steinfeld, seeks to find the man who murdered her father - Tom Chaney, who is portrayed by Josh Brolin. She hires a U.S. marshal with "true grit" - Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn, played by Jeff Bridges, to help her locate him. Damon's character wants Chaney for his own purposes.

The film's directors, Joel and Ethan Coen, won three Oscars for their 2007 movie "No Country for Old Men," which also starred Brolin. Bridges starred in the Cohen brothers' 1998 cult hit "The Big Lebowski".

Damon referenced a line from the movie "Jerry Maguire" when describing how he accepted his "True Grit" role, saying: "It's the Coen brothers directing and that, for me, they had me at 'Hello.'""

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