I read No Country for Old Men just after its release and I imagined the character of Chigurh a bit rougher looking, and without the bobbed haircut and red pants. When I saw the Coen Brothers’ movie my idea of Chigurh’s look changed forever. I generally hate it when a movie changes my mental image, but this one I don’t mind. This movie’s characterization is spot on. Perfect. Terrifying.
I’m currently re-reading the book?for the third time?and what strikes me is how much of the dialogue comes straight from the book. The proprietor scene (or “coin toss” scene, if you like) is nearly word-for-word from the book. The only real change in dialogue is the ending lines as Chigurh walks out.