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If You Only Knew: Jeff Bridges

Larry King NowAug 17 '16

The Dude abides. Jeff Bridges sails through our lightning-round Q&A, divulging his surprising secret talent, whom he’d most like to work with, and what makes the seemingly unflappable actor angry.

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.

King: 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?

Bridges: Kindness.

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.