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.