After the New York Film Festival’s centerpiece screening of Joel and Ethan Coen‘s “No Country for Old Men,” on Saturday, the brothers as well as pic’s stars Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin headed over to Gabriel’s Bar & Restaurant, where they joined guests Bono, Penelope Cruz and Jim Jarmusch.
Between munching on hors d’oeuvres, Brolin said he had heard about the project while on the set of “Grindhouse.”
“What ended up happening is that me, Robert (Rodriguez) and Quentin (Tarantino) created an audition tape on a Genesis camera. Basically, we made the best-looking audition tape in the history of audition tapes, but (the Coen brothers) saw it and they didn’t like it so they said no.”
Undeterred, Brolin eventually got a meeting with the Coens.
“I met them in a very frustrated moment of not being able to find a guy for the part. It was the last meeting they were taking before they were going to hire a particular actor. After that meeting I got the part.”