To those wishing to escape a world that continues to ignite itself under the header of “biggest dumpster fire here,” few things can offer that reprieve better than a reinvigorated Jeff Bridges bringing his iconic “The Dude” back to life, even if it’s for a brief moment. Even better is seeing the underappreciated, underrated John Goodman being awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Combining the two makes for a gleeful experience for all cinephiles in the audience and watching from their laptop screens.
After a career that has spanned him warming the hearts of millions as television’s best dad as Dan Conner on “Roseanne” to his particularly creepy performance in last year’s “10 Cloverfield Lane,” his beloved turn as monster with a heart of gold as James P. Sullivan in “Monsters, Inc.” and his unforgettable team-ups with the Coen Brothers in “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” “Barton Fink” and, of course, “The Big Lebowski,” Goodman being honored by Bridges — in The Dude mode — seemed nothing short of perfect.
“He’s a good actor, he’s a good man, John Goodman…He’s one of us, he loves the outdoors and acting. As a showman, he has explored the stages from Los Angeles to New York — we’re talking Broadway here, man — he’s done some weird little movies, too. And he’s lived, like so many men in prior generations have lived their lives. He is a man of his times, a man of our times, and he has become a legend,” Bridges aka The Dude said about his ‘Lebowski’ co-star.
“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, a star because we love you so well … what time is it? Afternoon? Good afternoon, sweet prince.”
A sequel for the original film seems far out of reach (and ridiculously unnecessary), but if this could reteam the two actors and the Coen Brothers in the future for a later project, or, at the very least, team Goodman up with the directors yet again following his stint in “Inside Llewyn Davis,” that would be a treat. [Variety]