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Paramount Vantage and Miramax celebrated competition entry “No Country for Old Men” by dining with friends, including  the film’s auteurs, Joel and Ethan Coen, and co-stars including Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin and Kelly MacDonald

Brolin continues to run the table, careerwise, this year by following his “Grindhouse” and “Country” work with a turn in Ridley Scott’s upcoming “American Gangster.”

Thesp told Variety his current success hasn’t been without some heart-stopping moments. “Rodriguez and Tarantino shot my screen test for ‘Country’ during a lunchbreak on ‘Grindhouse.’ ”

The Coens looked at it and said, ” ‘Looks nice. Who lit it?'”

Despite the filmmakers’ underwhelming response to the test, Brolin credits William Morris agent Michael Cooper with pressing the issue and getting the actor the in-person meeting that led to his employment with the Palme d’Or-winning duo.

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