'The Big Lebowski' Rewind
Mark it, Dude. The Big Lebowski is out today in a limited edition Blu-ray, and what better way to celebrate than to revisit our vintage Lebowski junket interview with Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Julianne Moore?
As a special bonus, ET was at the cool post-premiere bowling party in New York City, where Coen Brothers alumni including Paul Newman (The Hudsucker Proxy) and Frances McDormand (wife of Joel Coen and hot off Fargo) rolled strikes and gutter balls.
The 1998 Lebowski junket started off in a very Dude-like way, with Bridges running late and Goodman forced to hold down the fort.
"The dude's out having a Caucasian somewhere. He's enjoying a beverage," joked Goodman. Killing time until Bridges would arrive, he reported, "The set was so cool that I would go there even if I wasn't working, just to hang out and absorb some of his Dudeness."
When Bridges finally arrived, he humbly knelt at Goodman's feet before giving him a big hug. The pre-Oscar winner later described his character as "deeply, deeply casual, perhaps terminally casual" and a "not very ambitious fella." He added that a big plus working on the film was the opportunity to hang out with pro bowlers on the set.
Moore, in a separate interview, said of The Dude, "He does have a moral center, in a sense. I mean, he might be a big ol' stoner, but all he wants is his rug, man." She also described the Coen Brothers' filmmaking ethos.
But that's not all. Stay 'til the end of the cut to watch Bridges and Goodman toss around a couple ideas for a mythical The Big Lebowski 2.