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The March to the March of the Lebowskis

Soon I will leave my place and head north, then east, then north again, to get to Laurelhurst Park and join -- I hope -- hundreds of people waiting to follow Cort and Fatboy to the Bagdad and tonight's screening of The Big Lebowski.

Bathrobe? Check.

Knowledge of relevant bus schedules? Check.

Caffeine in system? Check.

Longer hair than normal, plus a Van Dyke? Check. (It's as close as I can come to looking like Jeff Bridges.)

This will be fun.

I should practice the Jeff Lebowski slouch...


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May. 3rd, 2008 02:49 am (UTC)
Peter met the Dude at the Iron Man party.
May. 3rd, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
Allow me to think they talked about bowling!

Cool. I'd like meeting Jeff Bridges; he seems like a good guy, plus he's a photographer. (He so should've been nominated for Best Actor for The Fisher King.)
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May. 4th, 2008 05:47 am (UTC)
Jeff Bridges's performance is a very grounded and grounding performance; not as showy as what Robin Williams did, but the role wasn't written to be as showy; and Bridges had more to do simply by virtue of being in more of the movie. Terry Gilliam said that Bridges really kept him honest: sometimes Gilliam would want to show a Jack-and-Parry scene from Parry's perspective (like when he attacks the toughs under the bridge), because that would be the more outlandish way to present the scene, but he'd pull back from doing that and instead show it more from Jack's point of view. Gilliam was making a strong effort to be more conscious of his actors' work and needs when he shot The Fisher King -- he hadn't been an "actor's director" in his earlier films, and he wanted to change that -- and he especially keyed off of how Bridges was working. The result is a type of performance you hadn't seen in a Gilliam film before, and one of my favorite Jeff Bridges performances. It was more of a stretch for him than Parry was a stretch for Robin Williams.

Hey, when I first saw The Fisher King, I hoped that all four leads would get nominations, and I was very happy that Mercedes Ruehl won for Best Supporting Actress. Still, Williams, while not really giving an "Oscar bait" performance, was still the easier choice to single out by virtue of being showier. Maybe it's like the difference in performance between Marlon Brando and Al Pacino in The Godfather; both great performances, but Pacino couldn't be showier because he's the more "identifiable" character, same as Jack when compared to Parry. And who could be showier than Brando, anyway?
May. 3rd, 2008 02:56 am (UTC)
I'll be watching the DVD tonight, in honor.
May. 4th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
The Stranger is much obliged. He sure likes gettin' his story out there for folks, almost as much as he likes that good sasparilla...
May. 3rd, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
I hope you get pictures!
May. 4th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
No, sadly. I haven't brought out my new cameras yet, and I personally wasn't in the mood to take pictures. I have been looking for any pictures others have put online, to give an idea of the event.

I'll just have to write vividly enough to make you picture it just fine... ;-)
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