Eagle eyed viewers who hung out through the credits of the
Coen Bros’ True Grit adaptation may
have noticed a conspicuous credit for “Mr. Damon’s Ab Double”. I’m sure everybody’s familiar with the
practice, where high-profile actors and actresses maintain their image and put
their best foot forward by, you know, using
someone else’s foot.
This seems like a devastating blow to enthusiasts of both
Matt Damon and his abs, but there’s no need to go crying into your cereal just
yet. If you haven’t seen the movie, you
should definitely go do that (it’s awesome), and by the end you’ll notice that
Damon’s character La Beouf is, in fact, never topless. So what gives?
Well, we’re dealing with Joel and Ethan Coen here; these
guys have a history of this sort of thing.
In the credits of Fargo
Prince – who at that time was identified by a not-at-all-crazy-or-stupid symbol
and referred to as The Artist Formerly Known As Prince – was credited as
“Victim in Field”.
wasn’t Prince, but was instead a lowly storyboard artist.
They’ve also had a completely fictitious
editor, Roderick Jaynes, on all their films, which they edit themselves.
Anyways, the name of this mysterious Ab Double provides a
pretty obvious clue that this credit was the Brothers Coen up to minor
mischief: Buster Coen. Scott Weinberg,
of the appropriately titled scottweinberg.com, had the chance to ask Damon
himself at a Q & A. According to
Will Hunting himself, it seems Buster is the fifteen year-old son of Ethan
Coen, and he worked on True Grit as
an assistant to the Script Supervisor.
After expressing his dissatisfaction with his credit, Ethan Coen axed
what he’d prefer. Being a fifteen
year-old boy, Buster requested the Ab Double designation. Being a pretty kick-ass dad, Ethan obliged.
Just imagine: without the internet, we would all be doomed
to take the credit at face value and think less of Matt Damon and his abdominal