Texas sheriff who inspired ‘Hell or High Water’ heads to Oscars

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This image released by CBS Films shows Jeff Bridges, left, and Gil Birmingham in a scene from "Hell or High Water." Bridges was nominated for a Golden Globe award for best supporting actor for his role in the film on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. The 74th Golden Globe Awards ceremony will be broadcast on Jan. 8, on NBC. (Lorey Sebastian/CBS Films via AP)

What does a Texas sheriff wear to the Oscars? A tux with a few Texas touches. Namely, “my black boots and my hat,” McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara told Waco’s KWTX.

This image released by CBS Films shows Jeff Bridges, left, and Gil Birmingham in a scene from "Hell or High Water." Bridges was nominated for a Golden Globe award for best supporting actor for his role in the film on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. The 74th Golden Globe Awards ceremony will be broadcast on Jan. 8, on NBC. (Lorey Sebastian/CBS Films via AP)

Jeff Bridges was nominated for a Golden Globe award for best supporting actor for his role in the film on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. (Lorey Sebastian/CBS Films via AP)

McNamara will be among Hollywood’s biggest stars Sunday night when he attends the 89th Academy Awards; not as a nominee, but as a muse. According to KWTX, McNamara and his brother Mike were the inspiration behind “Hell or High Water,” which is nominated for four Oscars this year, including best picture.

The screenplay for the movie, which stars Jeff Bridges as a Texas sheriff looking for one last adventure before retirement, was written by McNamara’s cousin Taylor Sheridan who saw how the former U.S. Marshal struggled with possible retirement.

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McNamara and his wife Charlotte won’t be forgetting the Lone Star State out on the red carpet. “We’ve got the red carpet, we’ve got his white shirt, and we’ve got the blue dress, so we’ve got the red white and blue,” she said.

The couple also expect to share a limousine ride to the ceremony with Bridges, who McNamara developed a friendship with and helped prepare for the role.

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