Q&A Jeff Bridges

The Dude still abides in Jeff Bridges, whose 1998 film The Big Lebowski is due on DVD Oct. 18.

Among the DVD extras is a photo you took of the film-makers kneeling by a toilet. Please explain.

I was very concerned that I would break my teeth when my head gets hurled into a porcelain toilet bowl. That's the Coen brothers [the directors] working on that problem.

Why has your slacker-stoner character, the Dude, become such an icon?

A fella who accepts himself and is relaxed into who he is--that appeals to people. And his relationship with John Goodman's Vietnam vet--you...

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