John Goodman's lost a ton of weight: What does this mean for the 'Big Lebowski' (non)sequel?

John-GoodmanImage Credit: Steve Granitz/; John Spellman/Retna ltdJohn Goodman turned up at last night’s AFI Tribute to Mike Nichols looking hale, hearty, and comparatively trim. In many ways, I couldn’t be happier. Goodman’s one of my favorite actors and I wish him nothing but excellent health. I do, however, have one concern that’s going to keep me up at night should he keep losing weight — that’s right: Will he still have the (literal) weight to carry the role of Vietman vet and all-round crazy Walter Sobchak in a sequel to the Coen brothers’ stoner classic The Big Lebowski? Will Goodman be able to claim, convincingly, that he can locate a toe (with nail polish!) by three o’clock that same day? Will he still be able to enforce the rules of bowling (and let’s not forget that there are rules. This is not ‘Nam)? Will he still be able to insist, with the requisite force, that “This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps!” (I am, naturally, referencing the film’s hilarious “clean” version here.)

And don’t even get me started about the Pomeranian.

Of course, the possibility that the Coen brothers will ever actually make such a sequel is pretty small. But, hey, I’m not the kind of person who’s kept awake by things that are likely to happen. Is anyone else concerned about the idea of a thin Walter Sobchak? Or would just like to join my Lebowski-referencing orgy? Because that would really tie my Friday afternoon together!

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  • elpel

    Clark, you’re out of your element!


    • LOL

      Clark sounds like a tool.

  • Tex

    Guy`s a great actor whatever his size.

  • Chichi

    John Goodman will always get a free pass to the land of me just for being Dan Conner … ah, first crush.

    • Liza

      I thought it was just me who had a massive crush on Dan!

    • Sarah D

      I totally wanted to marry a sweet guy like Dan, I too crushed hard.

    • Lynny

      Seriously, Dan Conner was the shiz. I would have married him in a heartbeat.

  • erin

    eight year olds, dude.

  • Rebecca

    I’m glad to see he’s looking slimmer. I was afraid for him the last time I saw him; he looked so unhealthy.

  • Erik

    He is looking SO much better! I was afraid for him recently. I love catching him in anything he is in.

    • Daniel

      He’s one of those actors in my book that when I see pop up in a film I’m immediately happier.

    • dragonflygirl

      You can catch him in “Treme” on HBO. Its a great show and I LOVE him in it!

  • Jelana

    I’m so happy to see this. I was worried about his health, too. I’ll watch him in anything, regardless of size.

  • Clay

    SHUT THE #%@* UP CLARK!!!

  • Alan

    “Chinaman” is not the accepted nomenclature Clark.

    • Rich

      The chinaman is not the issue here…

    • DF

      Asian-American, please

    • LP

      Walter, this isn’t a guy who built the railroads here! This is a guy…

  • Johnny Mac

    he doesn’t look too skinny. nothing is f*cked here. youre being very undude.

  • Celimene

    Mark it zero, Dude. Seriously, it’s great that he’s lost weight. He was looking seriously unhealthy, and I’d rather have a relatively svelte Goodman around than a Walter-sized Goodman on the verge of many serious health problems. The Goodman abides.

  • simon

    Love John Goodman. Saw him in Waiting for Godot in NYC and he was massively huge. Just last year, so he has dropped a ton of weight in a relatively short period of time..

  • rebecca

    I am very happy for him that he lost all that weight. He was starting to look very unhealthy, and it would be terrible if passed away b/c of weight issues. But now he looks so much healthier and very nice in that suit!!

  • jmo

    Silly silly Clark, Goodman didn’t go all ‘Thinner’ on us, he’s healthy. Kudos to John. Hope he inspires more people to lead a healthier lifestyle (me included!).

    • jmo

      BTW – Kudos to all the commenters (so far). As Tex said, he’s a great actor whatever the size. It’s a joy to see him whatever he does.

  • Johnification

    Clark, were you expecting to be cast as Donny in most of the comments?

    • Clark Collis

      No. But in retrospect, I was kind of asking for it.

    • Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov

      I am the walrus.

      • nick

        not really.. donny thought it was john lennon when they were in fact talking about “you” aka V.I. Lenin. you were never the walrus john lennon was the walrus but donny was out of his element and should’ve shut the f up. so unless youre a walrus too then youre not making any sort of comment that makes any sense to the actual movie. thanks for playing though.

      • Glass Onion

        Here’s another clue for you all: the Walrus was Paul.

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