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JEFF BRIDGES SET TO STAR IN MGM'S 'BLOWN AWAY'

 CULVER CITY, Calif., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Versatile actor Jeff Bridges has been set to star in MGM's upcoming large-scale action thriller "Blown Away," to be produced for MGM by Trilogy Entertainment's John Watson, Pen Densham and Richard Lewis ("Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," "Backdraft"). Stephen Hopkins ("Predator 2," "Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child") will direct, following the completion of his latest film "Judgement Night," currently in post-production.
 The screenplay, by Joe Batteer and John Rice, casts Bridges as Jimmy Dove, the top-notch leader of a big city bomb squad, whose past catches up with him when an ingenious bomber targets him for revenge.
 While "Blown Away" marks the actor's first action role, Bridges is undoubtedly one of the industry's most sought-after leading men. He has consistently earned acclaim for his work in such diverse films as "The Vanishing," "The Fisher King," "Jagged Edge," "The Fabulous Baker Boys," and "Starman." He will soon be seen in "American Heart," a hard-edged drama about an ex-con and his estranged son, which Bridges also produced, followed by the fall release of Peter Weir's highly anticipated drama "Fearless."
 MGM Co-chairman Alan Ladd Jr. expressed enthusiasm at the casting of Bridges, saying, "Jeff Bridges is one of the industry's most outstanding actors, and we are thrilled to be presenting him to audiences in a new light as he headlines his first action thriller."
 "Blown Away" is scheduled to begin principal photography in August 1993 in and around Los Angeles and on location on the East Coast.
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 /CONTACT: Nancy Willen of MGM, 310-280-6168/


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