Jeff Bridges Calls Big Lebowski Spin-Off "A Great Idea"

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Joel and Ethan Coen’s ‘The Big Lebowski’ is one of the biggest cult movies of the past twenty years, so it’s hardly surprising there’s long been talk of a possible follow-up.

While the Coens themselves have long since dismissed the idea of a direct sequel, actor John Turturro - who co-starred as flamboyant bowler Jesus - has spoken recently of his efforts to make a film based around his character.

And now, 'The Big Lebowski’ leading man Jeff Bridges has given this would-be film his seal of approval, telling Business Insider, “I’ve heard that for years, John saying that. I think it’s a great idea.”

Bridges added he’d be more than happy to cameo in the film as The Dude - but it seems likely this could prove problematic, given that the complex character rights situation around 'The Big Lebowski’ is a key part of what is holding Turturro’s film back.

Turturro said recently that the character of Jesus was "based on a play I had done many years before that, a Spanish play I did at the public theater.

"It’s a character I invented… If you ever tell anything to Joel or Ethan, they basically steal it from you!”

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Nonetheless, Turturro stressed the Coens would "support” his film, which he would write and direct himself.

Still, Bridges has his own idea for another 'Big Lebowski’ spin-off - one centred on the Dude’s child, unborn in the 1998 original.

“I’m hoping they make a little Lebowski [sequel] because it’s all set up… I impregnated Maude [Julianne Moore]. As The Stranger [Sam Elliott] says, ‘There’s a little Lebowski on the way,’ you know?”

However, the Coens have long made it clear they have no interest in a 'Big Lebowski’ sequel, so we shouldn’t hold our breath. Whether or not Turturro proves able to get his Jesus movie made remains to be seen.

Picture Credit: Universal

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