What would you ask Ben Mendelsohn?
- Dec 7 '16
King: Play a little game of If You Only Knew. I'll just throw some at you. Secret talent. You're a photographer, a musician. Do you have a talent we don't know?
Bridges: Ceramics. I'm into ceramics.
Bridges: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
King: The movie that made you want to be an actor?
Bridges: Oh. The Iceman Cometh.
King: Jason Robards?
Bridges: No, Lee Marvin, Fredric March, and Robert Ryan.
King: Great play.
Bridges: Pretty good play. Pretty good bunch of
King: Five hour play.
Bridges: It was a five hour movie. We did the whole play.
King: Who are you still dying to work with?
Bridges: That is a tough one. I don't know. Your last guest on here, Simon, did Al Pacino. I worked with Meryl recently.
King: Guilty Pleasure?
Bridges: Ice cream, I guess.
King: Childhood celebrity crush?
Bridges: Tuesday Weld?
King: Not bad. Characteristic you value most in others?
King: What makes you angry?
Bridges: I guess thoughtlessness, my own and other people's.
King: If you weren't an actor what would you be?
Bridges: Probably do the music deal.
King: If you could trade places with someone for a day who would it be?
Bridges: Get in the shoes of press.
King: Is there a role you would do over?
Bridges: That's a good one. A role that I would do over. Well, all of them. You always learn something. You say, I could do that better, do that better. And the joy of it too.
King: Are you working on a new script now?
Bridges: I just finished working in New Mexico on a movie called Granite Mountain about those hotshot firefighters that died in Arizona.
King: And who do you play?
Bridges: I play the fire chief Duane Steinbrink, who happens, in real life, to have a Cowboy Band called the Rusty Pistols.
King: You finish shooting?
Bridges: Finished shooting, yeah.
King: Well, you never stopped. What do people get wrong about Hollywood? You grew up in it.
Bridges: Get wrong about it? I don't know. What do you think?
King: I think it's a great place.
Bridges: Yeah, I think so too.
King: I think the people in Hollywood, the people who make movies are wonderful.
Bridges: Oh aren't they? Well that's what I was saying.
King: I mean there's a lot of baloney but.
Bridges: The camaraderie.
King: There's baloney in the business too.
Bridges: My dad, you know, he was never really doing the fast Hollywood things so I kind of took my direction from him.
King: He wasn't the social--
Bridges: He wasn't too much of the social guy, but I took my teachings from him, how he navigated those waters is pretty straight.
King: How many movies did he make?
Bridges: Oh gosh. Over a hundred I would say. But he had, I think you might have felt this too, such joy. That it was kind of contagious.
King: Oh. He loved it.