Jeff Bridges

  • Aired:  08/17/11
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Jeff Bridges talks about winning an Oscar, playing The Dude, keeping it real for his bluesy music. (5:05)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS AN

OSCAR-WINNING ACTOR WHO IS ALSO

THIS INTERVIEW WILL REALLY TIE

THE ROOM TOGETHER.

PLEASE WELCOME JEFF BRIDGES.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

GOOD TO SEE YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL, HEY MAN.

>> HEY, MAN.

HOW IS IT GOING, MAN?

>> Stephen: HOW ARE YOU?

I HAVE TO SAY.

I SAID THIS EARLIER WHEN A FIRST

MET YOU WHEN YOU WERE DOWN HERE

PRACTICING WITH THE BAND, IT IS

RELAXING JUST TO LOOK AT YOU.

I THINK I'M GETTING A CONTEXT

BEARD.

>> VERY GOOD.

>> Stephen: YOU WON THE OSCAR

FOR CRAZY HEART.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: WAS THAT YOUR

FIRST OSCAR?

>> IT WAS.

>> Stephen: WHAT DOES IT FEEL

LIKE TO WIN AN OSCAR.

COMPARE IT TO WINNING A GRAMMY

LET'S SAY.

>> DREAM LIKE.

YOU ARE IN THE FRONT ROW SO YOU

HAVE NO IDEA OF WHERE THE HELL

YOUyM ARE.

I HAD SOME KIND OF NOTES FIGURED

OUT THAT I MIGHT SAY, I MIGHT

WIN.

ALL OF THAT WAS GONE.

I FELT MY PARENTS SOARING IN THE

ROOM.

HELLO.

OH, MY GOD!

YOU KNOW, IT'S WILD I'LL SAY.

>> Stephen: YOU WON THAT PART,

YOU WON THAT OSCAR FOR PLAYING

THE PART OF THIS GRIZZLED,

GRAVELLY, BEARDED MUSICIAN.

>> YEAH.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Stephen: YOU KNOW THAT

WASN'T A DOCUMENTARY, RIGHT?

ARE YOU KIND OF PLAYING THAT

PART NOW?

>> NO, NO.

I LEARNED THAT MISTAKE A LONG

TIME AGO, EARLY IN MY CAREER.

WHEN YOU ARE PLAYING A DRUNK

GUY, YOU DON'T GET DRUNK.

YOU DON'T DO THAT.

>> Stephen: AFTER YOU PLAYED

TRON YOU TRIED TO CRAWL INTO

COMPUTERS.

NOT A GOOD IDEA.

>> NO, NO.

>> Stephen: YOU, OF COURSE,

ARE FAMOUS FOR PLAYING LEBOWSKI.

>> OKAY.

>> Stephen: IS IT A BURDEN AT

ALL HAVING STONED PEOPLE STUMBLE

UP TO YOU AND QUOTE THAT MOVIE

TO YOU OR IS IT A GIFT?

>> TO A GIFT.

A TRUE GIFT.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

TALKING ABOUT HIGHS, LAST NIGHT

WE HAD THE KICKOFF OF THE

BLU-RAY EDITION FOR LEBOWSKI AND

I GOT TO HANG WITH ALL OF THE --

JOHN GOODMAN, JULIEAN MOORE,

STEVE BUSCHEMI.

IT WAS A LOT OF FUN.

>> Jon: WHAT KIND OF MUSIC ARE

YOU PLAYING NOW?

COUNTRY OR JEFF BRIDGES?

>> WHO WAS ALSO THERE WAS WAS T

BONE BURNETT THE PRODUCER OF

ALBUM.

>> Stephen: IT'S CALLED JEFF

BRIDGES.

>> KEEP IT SIMPLE.

BONE WANTED TO NOT JUST MAKE A

SEQUEL TO THE CRAZY HEART AND

HAS IT COUNTRY BUT IT'S HE CAN

CHECK TICK THING.

POP, JAZZ.

>> Stephen: DO MUSICIANS HAVE

TO SUFFER?

BECAUSE YOUR LIFE SEEMS PRETTY

GOOD.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: DOES THAT HOLD YOU

BACK AT AN ARTIST AT ALL?

>> I FIGHT IT.

I GIVE MYSELF INDIAN BURNS.

THAT KEEPS THE BLUES IN CHECK.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Stephen: THAT'S A ROUGH

LIFE.

YOU PAID YOUR DUES.

>> THAT'S IT.

>> Stephen: YOU REALLY PAID

YOUR DUES.

[LAUGHTER]

PEOPLE RECOGNIZE YOUR VOICE FROM

A LOT OF COMMERCIALS.

YOU DO HYUNDAI, DO YOU DURACELL.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: IS IT MANLY

GRAVELLY STUFF OR DO YOU SOFTER

FEMININE -- I ACTUALLY HAVE THE

COPY TO SUMMER'S EVE.

>> LET'S TRY SOMETHING.

I'D LOVE THAT.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

[LAUGHTER]

>> Stephen: THIS IS THE NEW

SUMMER'S EVE FEMININE BODY WASH.

I THINK -- PICK IT UP RIGHT

THERE.

>> I NEED MY GLASSES.

>> Stephen: WE'LL MOVE ON.

WE'LL MOVE ON.

I HAVE NO PLANS.

I HAVE NO PLANS OF GETTING

OLDER.

[LAUGHTER]

BUT YOU MAKE THIS LOOK

ATTRACTIVE.

[LAUGHTER]

GETTING OLDER YOU REALLY NAILED

THE LANDING.

>> MAN, I JUST --

>> Stephen: WHAT IS IT, HOW

DID YOU NAIL THIS LANDING?

>> MY MOTHER WHENEVER I WOULD GO

OFF TOLL WORK SHE WOULD SAY TO

ME, NOW, REMEMBER, HAVE FUN AND

DON'T TAKE IT TOO SERIOUSLY.

THAT'S HELD ME IN PRETTY GOOD

STEAD.

>> Stephen: NOW LISTEN

JEREMIAH.

YOU'VE COME ALL THIS WAY, HOW

ABOUT A SONG?

I WOULD LOVE THAT.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Stephen: WHEN WE COME BACK

A PERFORMANCE BY JEFF BRIDGES.

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