While Jeff Bridges is always happy to talk about the character and movie, having co-authored a book on the semi-titular character’s philosophy, he has never revisited the role of The Big Lebowski‘s “The Dude” – until now, that is.
The Dude still abides
With that, “The Dude” – or uh, “Duder”, or “El Duderino” if you’re not into the whole brevity thing – just made his comeback.
It all went down at the ceremony for John Goodman’s “star” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which was unveiled with an opening monolog from his co-star in The Big Lebowski (and the other Lebowski of the movie), Jeff Bridges.
Arriving in a suit, looking more like a cross between his Iron Man character Obadiah Stane and Crazy Heart’s “Bad” Blake, Bridges arrived on stage carrying a bag that didn’t have his dirty undies – you know, laundry, the whites – but the iconic sweater that he donned for the character.
Not only did he don the sweater, but he also he riffed on some of the most memorable lines from the 1998 classic.
“Walter… uh… John…” he opened with, before continuing to paraphrase Goodman’s infamous eulogy for Donny, which didn’t result in ashes being blown in the face of anyone,
In your wisdom, Lord, you have lived through John, as you have through so many other bright, flowering young actors before him. I’m talking about men like Clark Gable, “Gabby” Hayes, Roy Rogers – to keep in the whole Western thing – Groucho Marx to Jimmy Cagney, we could go on and on, but you get the idea.
While it was fun to see Bridges having fun with one of his most iconic roles, the day was all about celebrating the career of Goodman, who can currently be seen on cinema screens in Kong: Skull Island.
So, Walter Sobchak – John Goodman – in accordance with what we think may be your final wishes, we have committed to these sidewalks, in Hollywood, in the bosom of Hollywood that you love so well, a star. A star for you, ‘cause we love you so well… what time is it?
Good afternoon, my sweet prince.