Five Favorite Films with Jeff Bridges

The Best Actor winner and star of Tron Legacy talks sequels and working with new technology.

KT

The cabanas at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego make for a much-needed dose of tranquility, compared to the chaos across the street at the San Diego Convention Center during Comic-Con. Recent Oscar-winner Jeff Bridges warmly welcomed us in to his temporary haven, and offered to share the fresh fruit and vegetables he was having for lunch. For this particular Five Favorite Films, we thought we'd try and change things up a bit; Mr. Bridges has an extensive filmography, so we thought we'd ask him to share five favorite films that he himself had appeared in. He was game for that, saying "I think the five I'll give you will be ones maybe ones that are little more obscure, ones that people might not know about." With that, here are Jeff Bridges' Five Favorite (Jeff Bridges) Films.




The Amateurs (2005, 17% Tomatometer)
The Amateurs I made a film not too long ago that was originally called The Moguls, and then they changed the title to The Amateurs. Written and directed by a fellow by the name of Michael Traeger. First time director, I've had great success with first time guys. He assembled a brilliant cast. We had Ted Danson, Glenne Headly, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Joey Pantoliano, Tim Blake Nelson, Bill Fichtner, a wonderful cast, and it was about a small town making a porn movie. This was before that movie that came out, Zack & Miri Make a Porno. Anyway, it was a wonderful film, got great laughs, and then it got picked up by a distributor who went bankrupt and took about five or six movies down with him and the movies got very small releases. It's a film that I'm very proud of, makes me laugh, I think people will like it, so you might check that out.




Tideland (2005, 30% Tomatometer)
TidelandAnother movie that I'll maybe bring some attention to... not one of, but I think the strangest movie that I've ever been involved with, with the strangest character was a Terry Gilliam movie called Tideland. And this one is really great. We had a wonderful time making it. You know, these big-budgeted movies... Fisher King was a pretty big-budget movie and Terry kind of goes after these big-budget things that need a lot of money to pull off what he has in mind. But this one was very low-tech and not a giant budget movie. We shot it in Canada and I play a junkie rock star in it for some of the film, and for a lot of the film, I'm a carcass, you know, a dead body. It's based on a great book with the same title by Mitch Cullin, and very, very surreal. I'd even stretch it and say it's the weirdest movie that Terry has ever made, for my tastes (although everyone's got different tastes). But it's macabre.




The Last Picture Show (1971, 100% Tomatometer)
The Last Picture Show Let me talk about Last Picture Show... that's just popped into my mind. For me, that's a movie that is kind of like no other movie, and no other movie is like it. It just kind of sits there by itself. I guess Peter Bogdonovich is to blame for that, and of course Larry McMurtry, the great writer. We had a chance, like Tron, where we got to do the sequel to Picture Show; twenty years later we shot Texasville. There are three more installments that Larry wrote, that I'm hoping will get made.




Crazy Heart (2009, 92% Tomatometer)
Crazy Heart Let me say Crazy Heart, because it's in my head. It's prompted where my life is going now, because with Crazy Heart, it really fired up all my music. I've been doing music since I was a teenager; I put out an album a few years ago and built a label with Michael McDonald and Chris Pelonis. With Crazy Heart, I got to play with my two dear friends, Stephen Bruden and T-Bone Burnett, who I met on Heaven's Gate, thirty years ago or something like that. With this music that was stirred up with Crazy Heart, now I want to continue doing that. So I'm going to take the rest of the year and get into my music; I've formed a little band up in Santa Barbara, where we've been playing some local gigs and we're going to go out and play some more. That's going to be fun.




Bad Company (1972, 90% Tomatometer)
Bad Company You know what movie popped into my mind? Bad Company. Do you know that movie? This was Robert Benton's first film, another first-time director that I had great success with. Gordy Willis shot it, you know, the guy who shot The Godfather. This one takes place in the 1860s. It's about two guys, myself and Barry Brown (a wonderful actor who's no longer with us), that are running away from the draft of The Civil War, so they decided to go West. An interesting sideline to that; we get a band of guys that fall in with us, John Savage is one of those guys, and who do we run into during our travels but David Huddleston. You know who he is... the Big Lebowski!



Next, Bridges talks about what it's like getting into the spirit of acting for the green screen.

Comments

Joe B.

Joe Bome

pretty good list i must say

Jul 24 - 05:31 PM

Joe B.

Joe Bome

or at least the top 3

Jul 24 - 05:31 PM

Daniel P.

Daniel Petersen

hmm all his movies? Crazy Heart was pretty darn awesome

Jul 24 - 05:50 PM

Stark Industrialist

Daniel Morris

The interview on the 2nd page is interesting. This guy's a veteran and has the exact right mindset for an experienced actor having to adapt to new ideas and ways of filmmaking. My respect for Mr. Bridges has just gone up.

Jul 24 - 06:26 PM

tomwaitsjrHAPPYICONOCLAST

Greg Guro

I like Bridges a great deal. Gilliam is one of my favorite directors, I'll see anything he does.

That said, TIDELAND was horrible. It's one of the top ten worst films that I have ever seen. How the hell it got as high as a 30% is beyond me.

Trust me. Don't watch TIDELAND. EVER!

Jul 24 - 06:29 PM

Burnt Reynolds

Andrew Bosma

Well, I guess it's understood then that you're not to be trusted. The only Gilliam film that I've never had an urge to see is The Brothers Grimm. With the exception of "Doc Parnassus," I've seen everything else. Trust ME, Gilliam's films, as a rule of thumb, are worth watching. And this most certainly includes the grossly misunderstood and underappreciated Tideland.

Jul 24 - 07:11 PM

Samir A.

Samir Akhtar

Tideland is awful and until I saw it I liked something about all of Gilliam's films and Brazil is one of my favourite films. I agree with tomwaitsjr how it gets 30% is beyond me. It is macabre but that's not why it's bad it is just very boring. Avoid it at all costs.

Jul 26 - 11:23 AM

Jeff S.C.

Jeff Caffey

Gilliam is amazing, he's one of my very favorite directors too. The one I liked the least was probably Baron Munchausen or Time Bandits, but that's just my opinion.

Jul 30 - 01:11 PM

Killer Kane

stewart balmer

I'd have added Last American Hero instead of Tideland.

Jul 24 - 06:44 PM

Nadav R.

Nadav Raz

I would of added The BIG FUCKING LEBOWSKI, ONE OF THE GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME. And the Fisher King, and even Thunderbolt and lightfoot deserves a place among some of the shit he put on that list.

Aug 11 - 05:37 PM

Fekkesh

Jonathan Mitchell

"The Amateurs" is fantastic. It's on cable from time to time.

Jul 24 - 06:49 PM

Alexson Philip

Alexson Philipiah

if amateurs is so fantastic then why did it get a 17% by critics?

Jul 24 - 07:41 PM

Alec D.

Alec Dmowski

Gotta love Bad Company

Jul 24 - 07:00 PM

Burnt Reynolds

Andrew Bosma

Well, I guess it's understood then that you're not to be trusted. The only Gilliam film that I've never had an urge to see is The Brothers Grimm. With the exception of "Doc Parnassus," I've seen everything else. Trust ME, Gilliam's films, as a rule of thumb, are worth watching. And this most certainly includes the grossly misunderstood and underappreciated Tideland.

Jul 24 - 07:11 PM

Samir A.

Samir Akhtar

Tideland is awful and until I saw it I liked something about all of Gilliam's films and Brazil is one of my favourite films. I agree with tomwaitsjr how it gets 30% is beyond me. It is macabre but that's not why it's bad it is just very boring. Avoid it at all costs.

Jul 26 - 11:23 AM

Jeff S.C.

Jeff Caffey

Gilliam is amazing, he's one of my very favorite directors too. The one I liked the least was probably Baron Munchausen or Time Bandits, but that's just my opinion.

Jul 30 - 01:11 PM

KJ Cassidy

kurt cassidy

Why are they all films he was in?
Anyways, cool list. Sounds like his type of films.

Jul 24 - 07:22 PM

Alexson Philip

Alexson Philipiah

if amateurs is so fantastic then why did it get a 17% by critics?

Jul 24 - 07:41 PM

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