By Clark Collis
Updated June 11, 2010 at 05:39 PM EDT
Credit: Steve Granitz/; John Spellman/Retna ltd

Image Credit: Steve Granitz/; John Spellman/Retna ltdJohn Goodman turned up at last night’s AFI Tribute to Mike Nichols looking hale, hearty, and comparatively trim. In many ways, I couldn’t be happier. Goodman’s one of my favorite actors and I wish him nothing but excellent health. I do, however, have one concern that’s going to keep me up at night should he keep losing weight — that’s right: Will he still have the (literal) weight to carry the role of Vietman vet and all-round crazy Walter Sobchak in a sequel to the Coen brothers’ stoner classic The Big Lebowski? Will Goodman be able to claim, convincingly, that he can locate a toe (with nail polish!) by three o’clock that same day? Will he still be able to enforce the rules of bowling (and let’s not forget that there are rules. This is not ‘Nam)? Will he still be able to insist, with the requisite force, that “This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps!” (I am, naturally, referencing the film’s hilarious “clean” version here.)

And don’t even get me started about the Pomeranian.

Of course, the possibility that the Coen brothers will ever actually make such a sequel is pretty small. But, hey, I’m not the kind of person who’s kept awake by things that are likely to happen. Is anyone else concerned about the idea of a thin Walter Sobchak? Or would just like to join my Lebowski-referencing orgy? Because that would really tie my Friday afternoon together!

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