Trivia: True Grit

  • Award Category Fraud: Despite Mattie being the protagonist of True Grit, Hailee Steinfeld for the Coen Brothers adaptation was demoted by almost every single film awards association to "Best Supporting Actress" while her co-star Jeff Bridges was nominated for Best Actor.
  • The Danza: Barry Pepper plays Lucky Ned Pepper.
  • Dawson Casting: In the book, Mattie is about fourteen — and prepubescent.
    • 1969 film: Kim Darby, who was well into her twenties.
    • 2010 film: Hailee Steinfeld, who was 13 at the time.
  • Disabled Character, Disabled Actor: 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 walking away from Rooster's grave that lasts into the credits.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: After haggling over some horses with Doug's dad, Mattie witnesses the ignominious hanging of John Redcorn, and then hires The Dude.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: The voiceover of the lawyer as Mattie reads the letter is an uncredited J.K Simmons AKA Cave Johnson, J. Jonah Jameson, etc…
  • Playing Against Type: John Wayne usually played straight heroes, not middle-aged drunken Anti Heroes.