Jeff Bridges won a Best Actor Oscar for his performance as Bad Blake, the troubled, down-on-his-luck country singer at the center of the film.
Colin Ferrell and Jeff Bridges did there own singing for the film. Thanks to voice coach Roger Love
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Ain't remembering wonderful?
Bad Blake is a legend in country music circles, albeit ever-shrinking circles. A one time superstar of the country scene, Blake's fallen on hard times, relegated to performing at bowling alleys and two-bit Southwestern bars. Ever the consummate performer, Blake keeps going, despite the distinct lack of money and his seemingly hopeless drinking habit.
His fortunes seem to take a turn for the better when he plays a show in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The club owner has a daughter, Jean, that works as a reporter for a local newspaper, and she wants to interview Blake. Jean's an intelligent, beautiful woman, as well as a determined single mother. Far from the standard aged floozy that usually tends to wander into his hotel room, Blake finds himself increasingly smitten with Jean, and begins clean himself up a bit, although not entirely. He gets into a car accident between gigs after falling asleep at the wheel, and ends up breaking his ankle--though according to the doctor, the ankle is the least of his health problems. He convalesces at Jean's home, and the two grow significantly closer.
Simultaneously, Blake finds himself improving his estranged relationship with a former protege turned country megastar, Tommy Sweet. Sweet offers him both an opening slot at one of his major arena gigs, and also the opportunity to write some new songs for him to sing. Things seem to be looking up for Blake, until one day while watching Jean's son, Buddy, he stops at a bar with him to have a drink, and loses track of the boy. Jean sees this as a sign of Blake's inability to change, and leaves him.
After a spell of depression and wallowing in self-pity, Blake decides to get sober, goes to rehab, and starts to put his life back on track. During this period, he writes "The Weary Kind," a song he calls his "best ever." He sells it to Tommy, and it becomes a major hit. Though Blake never recaptures his relationship with Jean, in the end, she does forgive him.