'True Grit' stars minded manners with teenage actress

10th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

Fourteen-year-old Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld kept her "True Grit" co-stars on a tight leash on set, actor Jeff Bridges said at the opening of the Berlin film festival Thursday.

Bridges, who is also nominated for his role in the Western by director Joel and Ethan Coen, said he and fellow actors Matt Damon and Josh Brolin had to mind their manners around Steinfeld.

"She kept us all in line," he told reporters. "She had a cursing cup and if any of us used the s-word, I think it was five bucks.

"I ran a tab so I still owe her quite a bit of money," joked Bridges, who picked up his first Academy Award last year for his role in "Crazy Heart".

"She made much more money from that jar than she did from the movie," Brolin quipped.

Steinfeld, who is nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar for her riveting performance as a young girl in the late 19th century American West seeking to avenge her father's murder, said the cast took her under their wing.

"I think walking into this I was a little intimidated by the thought of it all but once I met Joel and Ethan and Jeff and Josh and Matt -- they're all so easy-going and they just love what they do," she said.

"They all kind of became father figures to me."

Joel Coen said Steinfeld was game even for the most daring stunts in the film.

"I told Hailee, 'You're going have to go down in the cold river and climb up and be hanging off a tree 16 feet (five metres) from the ground' and she was like, 'Oh, OK'," he said.

"True Grit", a remake of the 1969 movie starring John Wayne, is screening out of competition at the 61st Berlin Film Festival, running to February 20.

© 2011 AFP

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