Garrett Hedlund is one of those exciting finds. To make one a Man of the Week, the dude has to be more than just hot. He’s got to have some kind of talent and Garrett has it. He was previously known for his acting work in films like Friday Night Lights, Four Brothers, Eragon and Troy. This got him noticed by casting directors everywhere.
Merging him into a successful leading man would be next. He started to blossom into quite the actor by focusing on roles that had some kind of depth to them. He’s got a deep baritone voice that belongs on a smooth jazz radio station and an infectious laugh with a certain Gremlins deviousness.
I first noticed him in an amazing little film called, “Georgia Rule” where he starred as the innocent virgin that Lindsay Lohan’s character corrupts. We all love a hot virgin as no one is attracted to a guy who sleeps around with everybody. The film also starred brilliant actors like Jane Fonda, Felicity Huffman and Dermot Mulroney.
Garrett is such a cool man in person that he refused to knock his co-star Lindsay Lohan when gossip columnists pressed him for his views on the train wreck. He simply said she was a professional and did her job.
He starred in two very different films in 2010 that are now putting him on the map. Tron: Legacy and Country Strong. Both are being released back to back on DVD in April 2011. So this is definitely Garrett Hedlund month.
Tron: Legacy is a fun radical film that plays well to the male species of all ages. Roger Ebert gave a positive review of Tron: Legacy giving it 3 out of 4 stars. He describes the film as a light show that “plays to the eyes and ears more than the mind” and he further praises the 3D and computer generated younger version of Jeff Bridges noting that “both [Tron] films, made so many years apart, can fairly lay claim to being state of the art.” Ebert describes Jeff Bridges’ performance as effective and credits the other actors for bringing humanity to their roles. Olivia Wilde co-starred in Tron and look for her career to take off. She was previously seen in the television series, “The O.C.” but as a blonde!
In Country Strong, Garrett Hedlund plays a country singer and the boy has got some pipes. You got to check it out.
Garrett spoke to MTV News about his childhood and how country music takes him back home. “….Country, it was the only thing we listened to on the farm with the one radio station. You try to veer from it and you to go to rock and then to rap, and then country on this film kind of pulled me back home.”
Hedlund explained that his folkie roots helped him to relate better to his character. “And [with] ‘Country Strong,’ growing up on a farm, [my co-star] Tim McGraw and the other great country stars filled the airwaves around our house,” he told the Orlando Sentinel.
Hedlund was born in Roseau, Minnesota. He is the youngest child with an older brother and sister. He was raised on a beef cattle farm near the small town of Wannaska, Minnesota. At fourteen, he moved with his mother to Scottsdale, Arizona. Once he arrived in Arizona, he paid to attend a talent convention with a scouting company called Pro Scout, where he was signed by a talent agency. After graduating from high school, he immediately moved in 2003 to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career and was lucky enough to quickly go to work where so many find their dreams going nowhere. Expect to see much more of Garrett Hedlund.
Tron: Legacy – Available on DVD April 5, 2011
Country Strong – Available on DVD April 12, 2011
The “Tron: Legacy” DVD is going to be released in several different formats which is likely to confuse the general buyer. I’ll see if I can break it down: