Jeff Bridges says it’s “a bit naïve” to synonymously equate him with The Dude, his “man”-dropping, pot-smoking iconic character from the cult favorite The Big Lebowski. As a producer on the movie, Bridges worked for 18 years to shepherd the project to the big screen (he’d initially planned to direct it himself, with his father — the late Lloyd Bridges — playing the titular part Jeff would ultimately take). Maleficent's Brenton Thwaites stars as society's selected 'Receiver of Memories' from Bridge's Giver, while Meryl Streep co-stars as the chief antagonist, Chief Elder. Example A: Bridges’ admission that he toked before many a film shoot — yet, ironically, not while making The Big Lebowski.
According to Lowry, speaking on a panel at Comic-Con, the controversy hangs on two sequences: one involving a father who kills his own baby, and even more so, a scene in which a 12-year-old boy bathes a naked elderly woman. Star-producer Jeff Bridges revealed during the film’s SDCC panel that the cut disappointed Lowry because the author had jokingly volunteered to appear in the film as that old woman. “I really did want to cameo,” Lowry, 77, laughed.