Produced by Informant Media and Butchers Run Films, “Crazy Heart” is a story about a down-on-his-luck, alcoholic country music singer (Bridges) who, through his relationship and experiences with a female reporter (Gyllenhaal), is able to get his life and career back on track. Bridges’ character plays mentor to a hotshot contemporary country star (Colin Farrell) at the peak of his career, while struggling in the younger star’s shadow.
“Crazy Heart” is produced by Informant Media’s Judy Cairo, Butchers Run’s Robert Duvall and Robert Carliner, along with Scott Cooper and T Bone Burnett. Jeff Bridges is an executive producer along with Informant’s Michael A. Simpson and Eric Brenner. Cooper also serves as writer and director.
“Butchers Run is excited to be part of the team that brought “Crazy Heart” to the screen,” says star and producer Duvall. “This film honors a great American tradition: country music, a world I know very well and was happy to return to after many years.”
Prior to winning an Oscar for “Crazy Heart”, Jeff Bridges was a four-time Academy Award®-nominated actor. His most notable films include “The Last Picture Show,” for which he received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor, “The Big Lebowski” and “Seabiscuit.” Earlier in his career, he was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Actor for his role in “Starman” and for Best Supporting Actor for his performance opposite Clint Eastwood in “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot.” In 2000, Bridges was nominated for his fourth Academy-Award® for his role in “The Contender.” He played the role of Obadiah Stain in the Marvel blockbuster, “Iron Man” and stars in “Tron 2.0.”
After making her acting debut in the 1992 film “Waterland,” Maggie Gyllenhaal appeared in such films as “A Dangerous Woman,” “Shattered Mind” and “Homegrown.” In 2001, she achieved recognition for her role in the cult hit “Donnie Darko” and then in 2002 starred in her break-out role in “Secretary,” which earned Gyllenhaal critical acclaim and a Golden Globe® nomination. Gyllenhaal has since chosen an eclectic range of films including “Sherrybaby,” for which she was again nominated for a Golden Globe®, “Happy Endings” and “World Trade Center.” She starred in the Oscar-winning “The Dark Knight,” which grossed more than $1 billion worldwide during its theatrical run.
An Academy Award® and Emmy Award®-winning actor, Robert Duvall’s breakout role came with his performance as Tom Hagen in “The Godfather.” Following this success, Duvall received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor in “Apocalypse Now” and a nomination for Best Actor in “The Great Santini.” In 1983, he won an Academy Award® for Best Actor in “Tender Mercies,” which was followed by an Emmy® nomination for his role in the TV mini-series “Lonesome Dove.” Duvall received a second Emmy® nomination and a Golden Globe® for his portrayal of Joseph Stalin in the TV film “Stalin.” He also wrote, directed and starred in the critically acclaimed Butchers Run film, “The Apostle.” For the AMC/Butchers Run Films movie “Broken Trail,” Duvall won an Emmy Award® for Best Actor. The critically acclaimed TV miniseries garnered a total of 16 Emmy® nominations and won for Outstanding miniseries. Duvall will next appear in the feature film “The Road” with Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron.
Colin Farrell, one of Hollywood’s hottest A-list young actors, began turning heads in Hollywood in 2000 when he starred in “Tigerland” and garnered a Best Actor Award from the Boston Society of Film Critics. Farrell had a starring role in “Phone Booth,” and co-starred with Bruce Willis in “Hart’s War” and with Tom Cruise in Steven Spielberg’s “Minority Report.” In 2009, he won a Golden Globe as Best Actor for “In Burges.”
T Bone Burnett has produced, written, scored and overseen music for such films as “O Brother Where Art Thou?” “Cold Mountain,” “Walk The Line” and “The Big Lebowski.” His work on “O Brother” earned him multiple Grammy® awards in 2001, including Album of the Year and Producer of the Year, and sold more than ten million copies worldwide. He received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Song, along with Elvis Costello, for The Scarlet Tide from “Cold Mountain” in 2004 and was awarded another Grammy® for his work as producer of the “Walk The Line” soundtrack in 2007. Burnett has produced some of music’s most acclaimed releases including last year’s Raising Sand, a Grammy®-winning collaborative album from Alison Krauss and Robert Plant. Some of his other best-known productions include albums by Elvis Costello, John Mellencamp, Tony Bennett and k.d. Lang, Counting Crows, The Wallflowers and Los Lobos.