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Jeff Bridges and Colin Farrell did their own singing in this film, with the assistance of voice coach Roger Love.
In preparation for the climactic concert scene, Writer and Director Scott Cooper approached country singer Toby Keith about filming a live segment of his film during Keith's half-time break in Albuquerque's Journal Pavilion. The production had ten minutes in which to film Jeff Bridges and Colin Farrell performing in front of five cameras and an audience of twelve thousand fans. Cooper's insistence on an element of surprise paid off when the audience went ballistic upon discovering the unexpected "star" guest spot. Farrell's appearance on stage further fueled the mass hysteria as cell phone cameras lit up the auditorium. The whole extravaganza was up on YouTube within a matter of a few hours.
Filmed in only twenty-four days.
T Bone Burnett composed the song "The Weary Kind" with Ryan Bingham, which Jeff Bridges performs in the film. Burnett was the musical archivist of The Big Lebowski (1998), in which Bridges also starred.
Bad's (Jeff Bridges') music and songs were loosely modelled after those of Don Williams and Leonard Cohen.
Jeff Bridges only agreed to play the role, if his Music Producer friend T Bone Burnett agreed to contribute a track for Bad to play on-screen.
Writer and Director Scott Cooper told Jeff Bridges that if his character, Bad Blake, had been a real-life musician, he would have been the fifth member of "The Highwaymen", alongside Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, and Johnny Cash.
Jeff Bridges won his first Academy Award for this film. Robert Duvall (Wayne) received a Best Actor Oscar for Tender Mercies (1983), in which he played a broken-down country singer.
Jeff Bridges has always been musically inclined. In 2000, he released an album called, "Be Here Soon".
The concert scenes where Bad (Jeff Bridges) opens for Tommy Sweet (Colin Farrell) were filmed at a Toby Keith concert at the Journal Pavilion in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Keith is thanked in the credits.
The party store owner who gives Bad Blake a gift bottle of his favorite Bourbon is named Bill Wilson. In the third act, Bad joins an unnamed recovery group that seems to be Alcoholics Anonymous, which was co-founded by Bill Wilson, also known as Bill W.
Bad's real name is Otis Blake.
Jeff Bridges modelled his character after Stephen Bruton, who was the Music Producer for this movie, Kris Kristofferson, and John Goodwin.
Bad Blake's drink of choice, McClure's, is fictional. It was named after a company that the Cooper family has close ties with: Morgan McClure Racing, stationed in Abingdon, Virginia, which is close to where Scott Cooper grew up in southwestern Virginia.
In the boat fishing with Bad, Wayne sings "Live Forever", by country singer and songwriter Billy Joe Shaver. Shaver played a close friend of Duvall's title character in The Apostle (1997), and also had a speaking role in the Duvall film Secondhand Lions (2003).
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Jeff Bridges plays a Gretsch (Chet Atkins Country Gentleman) guitar, the same model pictured with him on the cover of his "Jeff Bridges" CD album release (2011).
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The film is dedicated to Stephen Bruton, who died before the film premiered.
Jeff Bridges initially turned down the script because it contained no music. Friend T Bone Burnett convinced him to do it.
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The 35mm print was sent to theaters with the code name "Suzie".
In the first scene with Bad (Jeff Bridges) and Buddy (Jack Nation), Bad is teaching him how to "kick" a paper football, a popular table top game played mostly by grade school boys for many decades.
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