It’s been nearly 20 years since Jeff Bridges starred in The Big Lebowski but the man behind The Dude would still love to reprise the role – on one condition.
There’s already a sequel of sorts in the work to the 90s favourite with John Turturro set to return as bowling ace Jesus Quintana in the upcoming spin-off movie Going Places.
It’s not an out-and-out sequel to the Big Lebowski though – the Coen Brothers are not involved and Bridges, along with co-stars John Goodman and Julianne Moore, will not feature.
But while there are no confirmed plans for a Big Lebowski 2, Bridges is definitely up for doing a sequel, provided the Coen Brothers return as well.
“If they want to do a sequel, I’m sure it’d be a cool thing,” Bridges told Digital Spy.”It’s such a good movie. You’ve got the Coen brothers.
“And like so many masters of their craft, they make it look like I was just rolling off lines. He’s just a silly stoner.”
Despite earning some rave reviews and developing a cult following in the years since, The Big Lebowski and it’s often chaotic, drug-fuelled kidnap investigation plot still has its fair share of critics.
Mark Kermode, for example, detests the film though he did recently reappraise it and admitted the movie was far funnier when he watched it for the second time.
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg may not be overly keen on the film either, having taken a pot shot at it on the hit series Preacher, where one character labels it “overrated” during a lengthy discussion on the movie.
Bridges, for his part, loves the movie and didn’t mind admitting as much to Digital Spy.
“If Lebowski comes on, I’ll say, ‘I’ll just watch [John] Turturro lick the ball,’ and then I’ll say, ‘No, I’ll just…’ and then I’m hooked,” he said.
“Because every time you see it, you get to appreciate all of this beautiful stuff. So I think it’s just such a good film – period. It’s fun to turn people onto it who haven’t seen it. They appreciate it – most of them.”
The Coen Brothers are currently working on the script for the internet thriller Dark Web, which will focus on Ross William Ulbricht, the man behind the global drug bazaar The Silk Road but could feasibly commit to a sequel once that project is complete.
In the meantime, fans will have to make do with Turturro’s Going Places, which the actor has both written and directed.
The film will see Turturro return as Jesus alongside Bobby Cannavale and Audrey Tautou, who make up a trio of sexually-depraved misfits who embark on an unusual road trip of sorts together.
Based on the controversial 1970s French film of the same name, the film also features Susan Sarandon but has yet to receive a release date.