In the superb Western-flavored crime saga Hell or High Water, Jeff Bridges plays a Texas Ranger hot on the trail of Chris Pine’s bank robber. In anticipation of the film’s release this Friday, Bridges and Pine sat down with CBS This Morning to talk about not only their big-screen collaboration, but also their shared love of music and everyone’s favorite Bridges movie, The Big Lebowski.
Bridges and Pine met up in Los Angeles for a relaxed movie-theater chat about Hell or High Water, a project that was attractive to both of them because of its moral ambiguity, especially with regards to Pine’s crook, who’s driven on a stick-up spree with his bad-seed brother (Ben Foster) because of financial hardship. Soon, however, they’re segueing into a conversation about their similar upbringings in and around show business: Bridges, courtesy of his legendary father Lloyd and Pine, thanks to his own actor dad Robert (who, among many other credits, co-starred on TV’s CHiPs).
Unsurprisingly, when asked by Pine about the role that had the greatest impact on his life, Bridges immediately answers that it was The Dude, his white Russian-drinking, bathrobe-wearing slacker from Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1998 gem The Big Lebowski. After graciously accepting Pine’s compliment that he’s actually as cool in real life as the iconic character, Bridges admits that every one of his performance’s “ums” and “uhs” were scripted by the Coens, and that even now, he finds himself unable to resist watching it when he finds it playing on TV.
Summing up Lebowski, he says, “It is soooo good. It gets better every time I see it. I mean, it’s so wild!”
To hear their entire chat – which also touches upon their efforts to avoid typecasting, as well as their profound fondness for playing music – check out CBS This Morning’s video above. Hell or High Water premieres in theaters Aug. 12.