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The Big Lebowski star Jeff Bridges recalls Coen brothers disagreement on set of cult film

The actor says he was initially concerned about working with the siblings

Jacob Stolworthy
Monday 04 February 2019 10:26 GMT
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Jeff Bridges has revealed that the Coen brothers had one “big” disagreement while working on 1998 film The Big Lebowski.

The actor, who returned as The Dude in a Stella Artois advert that aired during the Super Bowl, said that the directing duo locked heads over a scene involving his character colliding with bowling pins.

Speaking to Vanity Fair, Bridges said: “I had a little concern about how it was going to be directed by two people. I love my brother, but I think it would be really challenging to direct a film with him. I was wondering how it was gonna be to be directed by these brothers, and the only time that there was any disagreement between them was in that scene."

He continued: “It was just about when I was gonna hit my head with those bowling pins, and Joel said, ‘Now, when you’re gonna hit the bowling pins, kind of wince a little bit, ’cause you’re gonna be expecting some kind of pain.’ And Ethan says, ‘No, really — you think so? I think he should be kind of smiling, like this is kind of fun to be a bowling ball.’

“Joel said, ‘You really think so?’ And it kind of went back and forth like that then finally they just said, ‘Well, let’s shoot it both ways.’ That was the big disagreement.”

A film featuring John Turturro's Big Lebowski character, Jesus Quintana, is expected to be released this year.

Titled Going Places, it’s a remake of a 1974 French film and is expected to be released sometime in 2019. It follows a trio of misfits whose irreverent, sexually charged dynamic evolves into a surprising love story.

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