Jeff 'The Dude' Bridges shares his favorite 'Big Lebowski' scene

A couple of weeks ago, we found ourselves sitting face to face with His Dudeness, Jeff Bridges, to talk about his excellent new movie, Crazy Heart. The actor had plenty to say about the film and his Oscar-buzz portrayal of an alcoholic country singer, which you’ll be able to read when EW lands in your mailbox on Friday. But since we were in the presence of everyone’s favorite stoned, strike-rolling cult hero, we had to ask about the 1998 Coen brothers classic, The Big Lebowski. Specifically, we asked Bridges what he does when he’s sitting at home in Santa Barbara, chilling, watching TV (with, one hopes, a White Russian in hand) and The Big Lebowski comes on. Does he turn the channel? Watch the movie from beginning to end? Stick around to see a particular scene? Here’s what Bridges had to say…

“The only movie that I’ll catch and watch all the way through is The Godfather. That hooks me in every time. I’ve seen that several times thinking I’m going to change the channel. With Lebowski, usually I’ll say, ‘Oh, I’ll just wait until Turturro licks the ball, then I’ll change it.’ And then he licks the ball, and I’ll keep watching.”

There you have it, folks. When it comes to John Turturro’s Jesus, even the Dude abides. Speaking of which, now that you know his choice, what’s your favorite scene from The Big Lebowski? Oh, and in case you need a refresher on the scene Bridges is talking about, put on that ratty bathrobe, pour yourself a Caucasian, and enjoy this clip (in Español, no less!).

For more on Bridges and Crazy Heart, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Jan. 1.

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  • Captain Average

    That great movie musical bowling fantasy sequence. That always blows me out of the water.

    But the whole movie holds my attention like very few others can…

    • jemma-lu

      My daughter and I have become addicted to The Big L. We have had a tragic year and have mad TBL part of our therapy. I actually purchased the fixins for Caucasians at Costco today and sip as I write and view, simultaneously.
      As for favorite scenes; difficult to choose although Walter is dope, am I wrong? Am I wrong????? Yes, the ashes scene is classic. We will be spereding my husband’s ashes on the 31st in Big Sur and yes, they will be transported in a Folger’s can.

  • bhm1304

    “Big Lebowski” is the only good movie that has Tara Reid in it and she is good in it. She played “Bunny Lebowski”.

  • Ceballos

    I love the “spreading of Donny’s ashes” scene right from the beginning when we first see that Folger’s coffee can until the scene’s punchline. Other than that, every scene with Turturro is genius.

    Quick aside: I don’t know if we can technically call the Dude a “strike-rolling cult hero” since I don’t believe we ever see him bowl in the movie. (I could be wrong on this point since I haven’t seen the flick in a while.)

  • Tarjay

    The bathtub scene with the ferret where the Dude asks, “What is that.. a marmot?” and then ends up screaming like a little girl when the “marmot” is dropped in the tub with him.

    • Cletus

      Nice Marmut

    • MB

      Love the “marmot” scene! Saw it in the theater, and I didn’t stop laughing for five minutes.

  • wade

    I agree with the fantasy sequence, but I love at the beginning where he pays for his groceries with a check.

  • hutchy

    Anything having to do with John Goodman not driving on the Shabbat is pure gold. As is every other minute of that movie.

  • Randi

    The best part is clearly when he is leaving the other Lebowski’s house with the rug and he sees Bunny by the pool painting her toenails. That scene is a grab-bag of classic lines. Beautiful.

  • mike

    “Shut the #@*$ up Donny, you’re out of your element”

  • victoria

    Jeff Bridges is so deserving of the Oscar for “Crazy Heart”. I saw it in NYC and the entire audience sat to watch the credits at the end. Later a woman in the restroom announced to everyone “Jeff Bridges has GOT to win the Academy Award.” There was a chorus of agreement.

    Bridges blows Clooney’s performance out of the water. There was nothing new or particularly creative about Clooney’s acting in “Up in the Air” which I see- despite the push from film critics- isn’t doing that well.

  • clubside

    Too many classic bits, hard to pick a favorite, but if I must… when Brandt is initially giving the tour and the Dude looks at the photo of the Lebowski Urban Achievers – Brandt: “These are Mr. Lebowski’s children.” The Dude: “Ah, different mothers.”

  • arielle

    dream sequence! and the botched ransom drop-off. well the whole movie is just phenomenal really.

  • eight year olds, Dude

    I think it is worth noting that while we’re led to believe The Dude, Walter and Donnie are on a decent team, we never actually see a single shot of The Dude bowling!! We see him at the bowling alley, lacing up, etc. but never a shot of him actually rolling the ball or a strike for that matter.

  • mIchael

    The scene where they scatter Donny’s ashes. Even though the pay-off was lifted from Life Stinks with Mel Brooks, it’s the only scene in the movie where The Dude and Walter share what has to be considered the only tender moment. Also I choose to believe that’s Donny’s spirit walking up on the cliff.

  • Dave

    I can’t pick just one scene from this movie, there are too any classics. But my favorite line has to be “He treats objects like women!”

  • Shannon S.

    Walter jumping out of the car yelling “Let’s take that hill, Dude!” Actually, any scene w/ John Goodman.

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