The final night of Lebowski Fest. A major live chat with most of the principles from the film including Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi & John Turturro.
This was a really fun shoot. Tricaster 300. Live show pre-chat with the actual “Dude” himself Jeff Dowd. Some revelations from the event: via Gothamist
- After taking his seat, the first thing Buscemi said to the audience: "First of all, YOU shut the fuck up!"
- Turturro explaining his performance as bowling sex offender The Jesus: "The role is very close to my life. I actually have gotten a lot of sex mail from women and men who want The Jesus to do things. Sometimes they want Jeff and Julianne involved."
- Asked what the characters might be up to today, Bridges said the Dude "is giving massage. The Dude has become a masseuse."
- Goodman imagines that a 2011 version of Walter is probably still leading a frustrated existence: "He tried to join the French Foreign Legion but they wouldn't give him Shabbos off."
- Turturro recalled meeting the Coens' parents not long after The Big Lebowski came out: "When Joel and Ethan's parents were still alive, I asked them what they thought about the movie, and their mother said to me, 'I don't know where the boys come up with these ideas!' "
- Asked if they kept any mementos from the set, Buscemi explained that he saved all the bowling shirts Donnie wore, and also said, "I've never done this on any film, but I got a bowling ball and asked the whole cast to sign the bowling ball. They all signed it, but I remember Sam Elliot saying, 'I don't usually do this.' I have to tell you, I keep it locked in a safe because I'm afraid you're all going to break into my house."
- Turturro on The Jesus's bowling ball polishing: "I was just fooling around and I showed it to Ethan, and Ethan said it was really horrifying. I have to say the idea of shining your own balls really appeals to me.
- John Goodman: "Does anybody have a VHS copy of Logjammin'? I'd be interested in that."
- Julianne Moore said that a few years after the movie came out, she started realizing it was a becoming a cult phenomenon. "I'd walk down the street and someone would come up to me and say, "Hey, you're in my favorite movie, you'll never guess what it is!" And I'd say, 'The Big Lebowski.' And they'd say, 'How'd you know, man?!' "
- Turturro once again brought up his idea for a sequel/spin-off to The Big Lebowski starring his character, The Jesus. (He talked about this with us at length during our interview.) "It's called The Second Coming," Turturro explained. "Jesus drives a school bus and coaches a kids' soccer team. Joel and Ethan love the scenario but they refuse to write it or direct it. It's a story of redemption, sort of like The Bad News Bears."
Press articles about the show:
Huffington Post: 'Big Lebowski' Cast Reunites at Hammerstein Ballroom: Bridges, Goodman, Moore Talk To Fans