Academy Award nominee Jeff Bridges shoots his way into our hearts (and this blog) with his remake of the John Wayne hit, “True Grit.” When an actor can change, in role, all the way down to his chakra databanks and still be coordinated enough to twirl a gun, that is an extraordinary achievement.
Technically that achievement is considered even more spectacular when he manages not to fall off his horse.
Okay, I’ll get serious now. Will Jeff win the Oscar for Best Actor?
The guy has been there, done that. Last year, actually. So it’s a far more fascinating question — to me, at least — how well he does with his Chakra Change Points. Last year, his performance garnered a full set of six Chakra Change Points, and for truly magnificent artistic choices to boot.
Each Oscar nominee for best actor in 2011 receives special treatment here, one blog post at a time. Although I can’t predict, I’m sure interested in evaluating Mr. Bridges’ performance from the inside out, at the level of chakra databanks.
Are you ready to join me? Do you know what on earth I mean by terms like “energetic literacy” and “chakra databank”? If not, take a look at this introductory post about movie reviews with energetic literacy.
For his nominated role in “True Grit,” Jeff Bridges plays Rooster Cogburn, a hard-drinking U.S. Marshal who is hired by a young girl to find her father’s killer.
Research is based on the photo at the start of today’s post. To enlarge the photo, use this Energetic Literacy for Jeff as Rooster link. Copy onto a document and pull those corners!
Our comparison photo is taken from the actor’s performance in everyday life. To enlarge this photo, use this link called “Energetic Literacy for Jeff Bridges Playing Himself.” Copy the picture onto a document and pull those corners!
Note: Over time, links can go bad. And legally I don’t have the rights to show celebrity photos, so I can’t display them here other than providing links. But you can easily go over to Google, type in the person’s name and the blog post date, then search on images. Click on a good image, preferably current with the time of the reading here at this blog.
Now, let’s go forth, one chakra databank at a time.
The Reality He Lives in: Aura Reading Databank at the Root Chakra
- As Jeff: This man is a survivor. He’s fascinated by grit, actually. His own sense of reality has been formed by struggles of his own. (Any background with substance abuse, having led to a very gorgeous recovery? Some of you Blog-Buddies might know.)
One way or another, this man has dealt with his shadow self again and again. He doesn’t over-emphasize struggle but uses it. Character counts for a great deal. Assessing character, with all its pulling and tugging, could be the central concern in Jeff Bridges’ reality at the time of this photo.
- As Cogburn: Perception is small, right on the surface of things. The man is suspicious and cranky. Not much joy in this fellow, either. I think the average rooster has way more fun.
- Chakra Change Point: 1, which seems the start of consolation for all the grim days that Jeff Bridges must have spent on the movie set, playing this part.
Sex Appeal: Aura Reading Databank at the Belly Chakra
- As Jeff: It’s a big sex appeal, very much that of a middle-aged guy. How curiously refreshing to find that in Hollywood these days!
At this stage in Jeff’s life, sex involves consolation, relief, release. Perceiving this juicy but seasoned form of sex appeal, I have to gush a bit… about God.
Really, what an amazing place we have here on Earth School. With each passing decade, every human gets to reconfigure the old versions of everything and find deeper, different, more fascinating versions of life. Anyone who complains about “same old, same old” really needs a doctor’s prescription to start using some form of deeper perception.
With energetic literacy, it’s heartwarming to experience a middle-aged man who is willing to actually be middle aged (rather than re-living his twenties, only with a new wife and shinier car).
- As Cogburn: This is still an adorable, middle-aged version of sex appeal, only slightly grumpier.
- Chakra Change Point: 1/8
Power in Relationships: Aura Reading Databank at the Solar Plexus Chakra
- As Jeff: Nobody is going to defeat Mr. “Will of Iron” Jeff. Only he hides the fierceness, at least in his everyday personality.
What he presents to the world is a reasonable man, someone willing to negotiate. Only as a last resort will Jeff Bridges do the equivalent of slam down his fist.
- As Cogburn: This character doesn’t enjoy life much. Shooting is an exception.
Altogether, Rooster Cogburn enjoys exerting power more than most things. Power, violence, shooting, winning — none of this is much fun, however. It’s just preferable to this character’s alternatives: Powerless, boring reality, no gun, dying.
What a grim role!
- Chakra Change Point: 1, I suppose. This is a very one-note and depressing characterization. I don’t find it completely convincing, either, at the level of chakra databanks. Instead, it’s thin and somewhat contrived, as if the actor has worked very hard to inhabit this aspect of the role.
Being in Touch with His Own Emotions: Aura Reading Databank at the Heart Chakra
- As Jeff: Well, yes. Jeff is intimately aware with his own emotions. Judging by the texture in this chakra databank, the actor has done more than his fair share of emotional introspection, using psychological healing to be brutally honest with himself.
Emotions are not glorious for this man. Joy does not predominate. Pain does, with the highest praise being “Triumph of will and self-honesty.”
Some day, perhaps, I’ll have the chance to read Jeff Bridges’ aura after he becomes spiritually Enlightened. It would be a thrill to find bliss permanently installed along with all his gritty, tough knowledge of the human heart.
- As Cogburn: Zilch. Emotional self-awareness — at this point in the movie, anyway — is dried up and over. With respect to a vibrant emotional life, the man might as well be a buck’s head mounted and stuffed, hanging on a wall.
- Chakra Change Point: 1 excellent point.
Communication Charisma: Aura Reading Databank at the Throat Chakra
- As Jeff: X-ray speech — that’s Jeff’s specialty. The man isn’t a show-off about his perceptiveness. Yet he has an uncanny ability to know the truth about anyone and speak to that.
As charisma goes, this isn’t a show-offey kind. It’s so distinctly un-showy, it’s amazing that this man has a career in show business, where charisma is typically about illusion or dazzle. Javier Bardem, recently profiled, exemplifies the type of communication charisma to which most performers aspire.
Bridges, however, mobilizes a type of communication charisma that serves him technically as an actor, even if this isn’t the kind of charisma that wins popularity contests (or makes a viewer drool with desire).
As Cogburn: Tiny, dried up communication affords zero charisma. I’m beginning to suspect that this photo still must come from relative early in the movie. The character must come alive by degrees. Or watching him would be as tasty as eating desert dust.
- Chakra Change Point: 1 grim and dispiriting point. Unless you are watching the movie and my theory is right, so the character does get a life.
Spiritual Connection: Aura Reading Databank at the Third Eye Chakra
- As Jeff: Last year I commented on the huge and glorious spiritual connection in this Third Eye Chakra databank. If anything, it has matured and integrated.
Bridges still has a long way to go before becoming spiritually Enlightened, it seems to me. Many chakra databanks elsewhere are carrying a lot of STUFF. Moreover, his sense of identity seems to depend on remembering how much he has suffered and overcome.
Nonetheless, this spiritual connection means that Jeff Bridges is over the hill in his spiritual journey. And I mean that in the very most positive sense. Compared with what he has been with so far, the rest could be relatively easy.
- As Cogburn: Picture a bleak desert landscape with only a glimmer of setting sun. And even that glimmer is mostly covered by clouds.
- Chakra Change Point: 1. And thank goodness, that really is acting! Because Jeff Bridges has temporarily turned off his very huge God connection.
Total Chakra Change Points: 5 and 1/8
Aurically and actingly (a word?) Jeff Bridges has developed a great niche. He’s a tough guy who knows about pain and slow psychological healing. It’s quite delightful to me that moviegoers would be willing to watch an adult with this commitment to personal growth.
He has done a fine job in this film, inventing a different character. I’m curious to see “True Grit” now, because the character must develop in a heartwarming fashion. Despite today’s assessment of nearly full marks for Chakra Change Points, what a sad character otherwise!
Reading the aura of this post-modern Rooster Cogburn — at this point in the film only — suggests a very depressing, even boring, excursion into cowboy fantasy. John Wayne, in the original role, was a pretty terrible actor. But he had great charisma, strong sex appeal, and likeability.
Bridges, as a person, has his own wonderful equivalents. When he minimized them for this role, he must have been making a calculated artistic choice for character development within the story.