Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham on Acting in the Moment for ‘Hell or High Water’

     August 10, 2016

There’s such an easy-going camaraderie between Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham, a warm familiarity as if the two have been friends for decades. As the two Marshalls assigned to track down Chris Pine & Ben Foster’s bank-robbing brothers, Bridges & Birmingham delightfully bounce off one another, casually joking and insulting each other with abandon. Yet underneath the caustic barbs, there’s always the sense that these two would lay down their lives for one another if given the option. It’s quite a tightrope to walk, especially since the two actors met only days before actually shooting Hell or High Water.

hell-or-high-water-imageIn the following interview with Bridges and Birmingham, the duo discusses bouncing off one another, acting within the moment and developing their relationship on screen. In addition – Gil Birmingham revealed his role in Wind River (written and directed by Hell or High Water scribe Taylor Sheridan).

Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham:

  • Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham on their favorite ‘cops and robbers’ films
  • Bridges on the research process for becoming a Texas Ranger
  • Bridges and Birmingham on how much their performance changes in the moment
  • Gil Birmingham on his role in Wind River (written and directed by Hell or High Water’s Taylor Sheridan)

Here’s the official synopsis for Hell or High Water:

hell-or-high-water-imageA story about the collision of the Old and New West, two brothers — Toby (Chris Pine), a straight-living, divorced father trying to make a better life for his son; and Tanner (Ben Foster), a short-tempered ex-con with a loose trigger finger — come together to rob branch after branch of the bank that is foreclosing on their family land. The hold-ups are part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that powerful forces beyond their control have stolen from under their feet. Vengeance seems to be theirs until they find themselves in the crosshairs of a relentless, foul-mouthed Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges) looking for one last triumph on the eve of his retirement. As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their plan, a showdown looms at the crossroads where the last honest law man and a pair of brothers with nothing to live for except family collide.


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