(ed:..if you have not yet experienced the delights on offer/proffered to the viewer in the big lebowski – you really should..eh..?..
the rewards are/will be great..)
It’s a typically Coenesque response to the enduring appeal of the movie – the brothers having repeatedly reiterated their confusion at the way Lebowski seems to have taken on a life of its own.
The movie’s star – Jeff Bridges – one of the finest actors of his generation – is less perplexed.
The Oscar winner is on record as saying:
‘Someone asked me ‘How would you feel at the end of your career if the role you were most famous for was The Dude?’
‘I’d be fucking delighted’ I told him’.
Like Withnail – this is a film that is dismissed by detractors as studenty – perhaps as a result of the protagonist’s propensity to drink white Russian cocktails and smoke joints
(Bridges has stated that he would frequently ask the filmmakers before shooting a scene: ‘Did the Dude burn one on the way over?’).
In reality – it’s packed with some of the most quotable lines and funniest characters in celluloid history but also possesses a depth most comedies can’t match.
It is not for nothing that this has become one of the most beloved movies of the last few decades.