Actor describes the moment he knew he would always be known for “Big Lebowski” character
Jeff Bridges said he realized he would always be known for his "The Big Lebowski" character, The Dude, when he performed for an audience of Dudes at a Lebowski Fest.
The Oscar-winning "Tron" and "True Grit" star looked back on his career Saturday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. PBS is airing an "American Masters" special, "Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides," on Wednesday.
"I had an early intersting moment when I went to a Lebowski Fest," Bridges said. "They have them all over the world now. They're two-day affairs… a lot of bowling, a lot of drinking of white Russians, a lot of bowling pins walking around. And hundreds of dudes all dressed up like the Dude.
"I had my Beatle moment where I got a band together and played the Lebowski Fest, and the guy there said, 'And now: The Dude!' and I played for a sea of Dudes."
Bridges also said he had nothing to do with the title of the "American Masters" special — but that it more than works for him.