As booze-soaked country singer Bad Blake, Bridges infuses his character with a weary humanity that has us rooting for his redemption long before Blake realizes he's in need of it. Growling, whining, and cussing through his miserable life, Blake would be downright insufferable without Bridges's good nature—and his surprisingly nifty way around a country tune.
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Daniel Day-Lewis, Nine; Robert De Niro, Everybody's Fine; Morgan Freeman, Invictus; Viggo Mortensen, The Road.
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