Matt Damon was literally left tongue-tied while preparing for his role in True Grit – he clamped a rubber band in his mouth to play a character who struggles to speak.
In the Coen brothers' Western movie, the actor stars as a Texas Ranger who suffers from a speech impediment after he is injured and loses part of his tongue. And Damon managed to add a lisp to his Texan twang by learning to talk with elastic tied around his tongue.
He says, "To practice for the way you would talk with such an injury, I actually took one of my daughter's ponytail bands and just wrapped it around my tongue. I'm sure the neighbors heard me and just shook their heads, thinking, ';This whole Hollywood thing has really got to him.'
"I am a true nincompoop in this movie. It was so much fun."
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