* AFIS100Years100HeroesAndVillains:
** #36 Hero, Rooster Cogburn (1969 film)
* AwardCategoryFraud: Despite Mattie being the protagonist of ''True Grit'', Creator/HaileeSteinfeld for Creator/TheCoenBrothers' adaptation was demoted by almost every single film awards association to "Best Supporting Actress" while her co-star Creator/JeffBridges was nominated for Best Actor. [[note]]Though for the Oscars at least, there is a theory it was to give her a better chance of actually ''winning'', since Best Actress was considered a lock for Creator/NataliePortman at the time. [[/note]]
* BillingDisplacement: In the 2010 film, Creator/JoshBrolin is billed third and above the title, but doesn't appear until an hour in and has somewhat less presence.
** AndStarring: Creator/HaileeSteinfeld, despite being the protagonist, is the last name to appear in the credits. This may be partially due to it being her first film.
* CreatorBacklash: For the 1969 version:
** Henry Hathaway later said he hated Music/GlenCampbell's performance, which he described as wooden, and claimed the singer was only cast so he could have a hit with the theme song which would help promote the film.
** Creator/JohnWayne was not pleased with the finished film. He greatly disliked Kim Darby's performance, and while promoting the film for its U.S. release in June 1969, he told interviewers that he had starred in much better films, citing ''Film/{{Stagecoach}}'' as an example. Hathaway also felt she was wrong for the part.
* TheDanza: Creator/BarryPepper plays Lucky Ned Pepper.
* DawsonCasting: In the book, Mattie is about fourteen -- and prepubescent.
** 1969 film: Kim Darby, who was well into her twenties.
** 2010 film: Creator/HaileeSteinfeld, who was 13 at the time.
** Rooster Cogburn was supposed to be around 40. Creator/JohnWayne and Creator/JeffBridges were both 61.
* DisabledCharacterDisabledActor: In the 2010 film, a woman missing her left forearm (due to a birth defect) was hired to play older Mattie in shots that don't show her face. She winds up having more screen time than the actress that plays older Mattie, mostly due to the long shot at the end of Mattie [[spoiler:walking away from Rooster's grave]] that lasts into the credits.
* PlayingAgainstType: Creator/JohnWayne usually played straight heroes, not middle-aged drunken {{Anti Hero}}es.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** [[Music/{{Carpenters}} Karen Carpenter]] and Creator/SallyField were considered for Mattie Ross.
** Music/ElvisPresley was considered for La Boeuf, but "Colonel" Tom Parker, his manager, insisted that Presley should receive top billing.
** Creator/MichaelBiehn auditioned for Ned Pepper.