The Dude and Walter still abide, even 19 years later.
Friday saw John Goodman presented with what many would call a long overdue star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in honour of the occasion his friend and ‘The Big Lebowski’ co-star Jeff Bridges turned up to say a few words.
As this marked a mini-‘Lebowski’ reunion, Bridges couldn’t resist breaking out The Dude’s iconic beige cardigan, and delivering a monologue in character, much to Goodman’s obvious delight.
However, much of Bridges’ speech is taken not from dialogue he himself delivered in the much-loved 1998 comedy from the Coen Brothers, but from the eulogy Goodman delivers in the climactic scattering-the-ashes scene.
Bridges recited (quotes via Variety), “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.
“In your wisdom lord, you have lived through John as you have through so many other bright, flowering, young actors before him. I’m talking about men like Clark Gable, Gabby Hayes, Roy Rogers — to keep in the whole Western thing — Groucho Marx, Jimmy Cagney. We could go on and on, but you get the idea.
“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.”
Whilst ‘The Big Lebowski’ wasn’t the biggest critical or commercial success on release, it has long since bloomed into a bona fide cult classic. It’s arguably the most popular film made by Joel and Ethan Coen, and both Goodman and Bridges have declared to be their personal favourite of all the films they’ve made.
A semi-sequel, ‘Going Places,’ is in the works, written and directed by John Turturro, who will reprise his role as flamboyant bowler Jesus – although Goodman and Bridges are not expected to appear.
This ceremony comes at a good time for Goodman, who seems to be enjoying a major career renaissance of late. He’s in cinemas right now in ‘Kong: Skull Island.’
Watch Bridges’ full speech below.