Revealing Mistakes It is obvious the pee bottle emptying shot was made prior to the crane shot of Bad parking at the bowling alley, as the puddle from that shot is evident next to the parking spot as he pulls in.
Revealing Mistakes When Bad opens the Suburban's driver's door while talking to Jean, the door mirror is "fogged over" to prevent the crew and equipment from being visible in the mirror.
Continuity The first time Bad leaves Jean's house, the left front fender of the Suburban says "Silverado", the second time he leaves Jean's house, after the roll over, it says "Scottsdale" which means they used at least two trucks.
Continuity When Blake re-enters the stage at the bowling center, he puts his hat on loosely with the brim tilted to the front. A second later in the following shot, his hat is on tightly, with the brim tilted to the rear.
Continuity When Bad jumps off stage to dance with a fan, he hurriedly puts his guitar back on to continue the song. The guitar strap is twisted, but in the rest of the shots it is straightened out again.
Continuity When establishing a phone call to his long-lost Son, Bad puts telephone into his right hand; after the cut, the phone is in his left hand, where it stays till the end of the scene.
Continuity When Jane forces the truck door open to flirt with Blake, she stands in the doorway with her right hand against her right lower back. Seen from inside the truck, she has it elevated and holding the doorframe, supporting herself on the running board.
Continuity When the Suburban crashes it rolls over a fence. In the next shot the fence disappears.
Continuity During the sound check before the Phoenix concert, the ear piece on Bear's (the sound tech) head switches sides at least twice.
Crew/Equipment Visible When Blake enters the rear entrance of the open air venue in Phoenix, reflections of the camera operator are visible in the red truck. When Blake and Tommy talk in the outside after the bar scene, reflections of the camera team are visible in Blake's sunglasses.
Errors in Geography When Bad and Wayne are out fishing, as the camera draws back for a long shot, you can see mountain tops in the upper left hand corner of the screen just above the tops of the trees. There are no such mountains anywhere around Houston.
Factual Mistake When Tommy and Bad walk out of a restaurant supposedly in Phoenix, cars are shown with Arizona license plates on their front bumpers. Arizona does not provide license plates for front bumpers.
Jeff Bridges has always been musically inclined, and actually released an album titled 'Be Here Soon' in 2000.
Jeff Bridges modeled his character after Stephen Bruton, who was the music producer for this movie, Kris Kristofferson and John Goodwin.
Bad Blake's drink of choice, McClure's, is fictional. It is named after a company that the Cooper family has close ties with: Morgan McClure Racing, stationed in Abingdon, Virginia, which is close to where Scott Cooper grew up in southwestern Virginia.
Jeff Bridges plays a Gretsch (Chet Atkins Country Gentleman) guitar, the same model later pictured with him on the cover of his "Jeff Bridges" CD album release (2011).
In the first scene with Bad and Buddy, Bad is teaching him how to "kick" a paper football, a popular table top game played mostly by grade school boys for many decades.
T Bone Burnett composed the song "The Weary Kind" with Ryan Bingham, which Jeff Bridges performs in the film. Burnett was the musical archivist of The Big Lebowski (1998), in which Bridges also stars.
The 35mm print was sent to theaters with the code name "Suzie".
The film is dedicated to the loving memory of Stephen Bruton, died before of the opening of the film.
Jeff Bridges only agreed to play the role if his music producer friend T Bone Burnett agreed to contribute a track for Bad to play on screen.
While in the boat fishing with Bad, Wayne (Robert Duvall) sings "Live Forever," by country songwriter/singer Billy Joe Shaver . Shaver played a close friend of Duvall's title character in The Apostle (1997) and also had a speaking role in the Duvall film Secondhand Lions (2003).
Jeff Bridges won his first Academy Award for this film. Robert Duvall, who plays Wayne, received Best Actor in A Leading Role for Tender Mercies (1983) in which he also plays a broken-down country singer.
Director Scott Cooper quipped to Jeff Bridges that, had his character Bad Blake been a real-life musician, he would have been the 5th member of "The Highwaymen" - alongside Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash.
The concert scenes where Bad opens for Tommy Sweet were filmed at a Toby Keith concert at the Journal Pavilion in Albuquerque. Keith is thanked in the credits.
Both Jeff Bridges and Colin Farrell did their own singing in this film, with the assistance of voice coach Roger Love.
Filmed in only 24 days.
Bad's music and songs were loosely modeled after those of Don Williams and secondarily, Leonard Cohen.
In preparation for the climactic concert scene, writer-director Scott Cooper approached country singer Toby Keith about filming a live segment of his film during Keith's half-time break in Albuquerque's Journal Pavilion. The production had 10 minutes in which to film Jeff Bridges and Colin Farrell performing in front of 5 cameras and an audience of 12,000 fans. Cooper's insistence on an element of surprise paid off when the audience went ballistic upon discovering the unexpected "star" guest spot. Farrell's appearance on stage further fueled the mass hysteria as cell phone cameras lit up the auditorium. The whole extravaganza was up on YouTube within a matter of hours.
Ryan Bingham, who plays Tony (the musician Bad talks to at the bowling alley) is a real-life rising country-rock star. Bingham co-wrote "The Weary Kind" with T Bone Burnett and Bingham's recording of "The Weary Kind" won a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Original Song. So, the real Ryan Bingham won an Oscar while a fictional Ryan Bingham, played by George Clooney in Up in the Air (2009), who was nominated the same year, did not.
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