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Jeff Bridges: ‘The Big Lebowski’

Seven years after its release, the actor is still the Duderino

Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges

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Have you gone to any of the Lebowski fests? 
I’ve been. I went once, and it was amazing. I got some guys, and we performed a set of music to a sea of Dudes and Walters.

Did you wear jellies to the fest? 
Oh, yeah. I break them out for the fest. I have to wear my jellies.

Heard any crazy theories on the movie’s deeper meaning? 
I’ve heard different things. Some guys get very spiritual — “The Dude is Buddha” kind of thing.

What did you eat to gain weight? 
I ate a few pints of Häagen-Dazs. Just taking off the governor, you know? Just letting it rip. Whatever I felt like eating, I ate.

Did you do a J to get into the role? 
I didn’t burn them before acting. I’d made that mistake earlier in my career — where you’re playing a drunk scene, so you get drunk. That doesn’t work.

Could a Lebowski sequel work?
It would be nice to bring Donny back. Maybe Walter and the Dude get hit by a bus and go to heaven and hang out with him. [John] Turturro would have to be in there in some fashion. Maybe they go after Turturro. Maybe he messes around with Walter’s niece.

If this role became your legacy, would you be cool with it?
When the movie came out, I was sort of disappointed, because it wasn’t as successful as I thought it would be. But it’s one of the few movies of mine that I watch on the tube. I’ll always say, “Well, I’ll just wait until Jesus licks the bowling ball” or something, and then I get hooked and watch the whole damn thing. So you mean, like, if this is the only thing that people will remember me for? Yeah, why not? Shit, why not? 

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