Thursday, July 28, 2016


Ben Foster and Chris Pine as bank robbing brothers
The modern-day Western Hell Or High Water is without a doubt the best movie I've seen so far this year. A multi-layered story about two bank robbers which questions the fine line between right and wrong, it is set in Texas, so it was only fitting that the premiere, parties and cast interviews should be in Austin. 
Bridges and Foster on the red carpet
  The movie's stars, Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster had a great time, hitting the bars after walking the premiere red carpet and, late that evening making a surprise appearance at one of the city's hot music clubs, the Continental Club. It was there that Bridges joined the band, Dale Watson and the Lone Stars, on stage, borrowed Watson's guitar and sang and played three numbers, much to the enjoyment of the crowd.  
Bridges as Texas Ranger
    "My young cohort Chris Pine said, 'You've got to get up there, man, come one!'" Bridges told me the next day. "And I'd had enough liquor to make me get up there and do it. But I'd never played with those guys and I think the last song worked out all right but the middle song was too tricky and too many chord changes. A stupid choice for me."
When in Texas...
     While he played Pine danced up a storm with some of the local ladies. "I was very, very inebriated," he said the following day, looking a bit red-eyed. "I don't remember all of it but I think the alcohol helped my dance skills. So much fun. Tequila straight. It's probably the smarter way to go because I wasn't hungover this morning which was weird because I was very drunk."
with Bridges
  The movie depicts the clash between the Old and New West where the distinction between honest men and outlaws has blurred beyond recognition.
  Pine and Foster play bank robbing brothers trying to stop the bank foreclosing on their family land while Bridges is the relentless, foul-mouthed Texas Ranger hunting them down. 
  "The script really rang true," says Bridges. "I liked the ambiguity of who are the bad guys and who are the good guys and who am I rooting for?"

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