Jeff Bridges: ‘If I’m Lucky, I’ll Be Associated With the Dude for the Rest of My Life’

Variety | 1/6/2019 | Dave McNary
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Chris Pine introduced the Cecil B. DeMille tribute to his “**** and High Water” co-star Jeff Bridges at the 69th Golden Globes by referencing Bridges’ most iconic movie role, the Dude in “The Big Lebowski.”

“Well, far out man, your dudeness. He’s made eccentric characters truly iconic. And yes, I am talking about el dude.”

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Bridges, who has been nominated for seven Oscars, received the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.’s Cecil B. DeMille Award for career achievement on Sunday. The 69-year-old actor has starred in dozens of films, but many fans consider his portrayal of Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski in the Coen brothers’ “The Big Lebowski” to be his most memorable performance.

“Sometimes there’s an actor who just makes it look easy,” said Sam Elliott over a montage of Jeff Bridges’ best movie roles. He ended the montage saying, “Sometimes making it look easy can be mighty hard work.”

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Bridges accepted his tribute with a rambling and sentimental speech that touched on the directors who have influenced his career, author Buckminster Fuller and his family, including brother Beau and sister Cindy.

He also thanked Peter Bogdanovich who “kicked the whole party off” with “The Last Picture Show,” and the Coen brothers, whom he called “true masters.”

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