The Dude still abides.
During John Goodman’s Walk of Fame ceremony Friday, a legendary character from the actor’s past paid him tribute. Goodman’s The Big Lebowksi costar Jeff Bridges’ was set to speak, but, as he arrived onstage, he transformed into The Dude.
Bridges removed his suit jacket, donned his character’s unique sweater, and channeled the cult hero from Ethan and Joel Coen’s film, delivering an altered version of the eulogy that Goodman’s Walter gives for their friend Donny (Steve Buscemi).
“He’s a good actor, he’s a good man, John Goodman,” said Bridges. “He’s one of us, he loves the outdoors and acting. As a showman, he has explored the stages from Los Angeles to New York — we’re talking Broadway here, man. He’s done some weird little movies, too. And he’s lived, like so many men in prior generations have lived their lives. He is a man of his times, he’s a man of our times, and he has become a legend.”
While Goodman laughed throughout, Bridges concluded by adding a slight twist to the final line from Donny’s eulogy. “In accordance with what we think may be your final wishes, we have committed to these sidewalks in Hollywood — in the bosom of Hollywood that you love so well — a star,” said Bridges. “A star for you, a star because we love you so well … what time is it? Afternoon? Good afternoon, my sweet prince.”
Once the speech ended, the two icons bowed to each other before embracing.
Watch the moment below, courtesy of Variety.
See the original scene above.
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