Jeff Dowd on Jeff Bridges: A Unique American Icon

The “Big Lebowski’s” dude on the appeal of the man who portrayed him

Last Updated: February 28, 2010 @ 1:44 PM

“I used to be somebody, now I’m somebody else” is a self-pitying lament from Bad Blake, the washed-up country singer who struggles to find his heart and soul, exquisitely portrayed by Jeff Bridges in "Crazy Heart."

For movie-goers, who have been cinematically blessed watching Jeff Bridges for nearly four decades in 65 movies, “I used to be somebody, now I’m somebody else" is a reminder of how Jeff Bridges has fully inhabited such a wide array of characters and authentically captured their essence with a full palette of shades from light to dark. Bridges has taken us through a mosaic of perspectives of the uniquely American experience.

After four Academy Award nominations, it looks like Jeff Bridges may finally be singing late into the night with his new friend Oscar. Critical acclaim has been unanimous. Awards for his outstanding performance like the best actor award from his peers in the Screen Actors Guild and the Golden Globe have been rolling down Bridges’ lane faster than bowling balls.

Yet there’s something about the appeal of Jeff Bridges and the characters he creates which goes deeper than his engaging performances, good looks, charm, humor, heart, brains and acting chops. That was the mystery that I may have stumbled into figuring out with a little help from my friends. Let’s flashback.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times.

BIO Jeff Dowd

Jeff Dowd is a Los Angeles-based writer/producer, producer’s representative and a nationally recognized authority on marketing, distribution and exhibition. He is a political activist and a frequent speaker at colleges, film festivals and organizations on a wide range of subjects. He's now editing his book “The Dude Abides: Classic Tales and Rebel Rants Making Our Future the Best of Times.”