Oscar winner Jeff Bridges is much like one of his onscreen persona "The Dude": he's willing to admit a failure, like his movie R.I.P.D., but doesn't much care about it.
Yes, Hollywood is a place where actors have to stand by their work forever and are coached by their publicist, agent, manager, makeup artist, best boy, key grip, and the skinny guy always lurking around craft services who might be on parole to never speak badly of a project, even if it was a colossal bomb. Jeff Bridges, he doesn't play by those rules.
"I had such a great time working on that movie," Bridges says in a new profile in GQ. "I remember what we were doing. I thought: This could be fun to see. And when I saw it, I was a little underwhelmed. For my mind, the studio made some, uh, choices that I wouldn't have made."
But when you've had a career as long and storied as Bridges, you don't let a flop get you down. "It's kind of fun when the movie's coming out. It's like having a horse in the race. And they're lining up, and they're off! And you're rooting for your horse. And in this case, the jockey fell off the horse and you came in last. Ha ha ha. You know. That happens sometimes," he says. Let's hope he let bombmeister extraordinare Ryan Reynolds in on this little pearl of wisdom.
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