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Jeff Bridges should play more simpletons. Just an observation. If I were his agent, I’d have him playing all manner of idiots. I don’t know who represents him, but I believe they’ve really dropped the ball in not exploring this possibility, because he’s got a real knack for it. He didn’t seem so twit-ish when he was conversing with Jim, but in this scene he’s got a real village idiot vibe about him.
To be fair, it could be the derby hat. People who wear them are either English accountants or the local ignoramus. Be careful not to confuse the two – it’s why the ATO are constantly chasing me. I should just pay them the $2.50 I owe, but it’s the principle. I’ve long forgotten exactly what that principle is, but I’m sure it’s justified and righteous.
This really is one of the greatest hat films of the 20th century. The 21st century has produced nick-all in the way of hat movies. Lift your game, Hollywood.