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Jeff Bridges

The Oscar-winning actor and musician on Stanley Park, show bars and the Lebowski Fest.

Jeff Bridges

What was the local music scene like when you were growing up in Hollywood?
I grew up in the early 1960s, so it was all of those English guys: the Beatles and the Stones. My brother Beau, who’s eight years older than me, grew up during the birth of rock ’n’ roll, so I listened to a lot of Little Richard, Buddy Holly and all the great West Coast groups, like the Byrds, Love, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.

Where in the world is your favourite show bar?
Here in Santa Barbara we have the Santa Barbara Bowl, which is just wonderful. Also, Cold Spring Tavern is a funky little bar that was once an old stagecoach stop. It’s a fun place to play.

What’s the coolest location you’ve ever filmed in?
We had a great time shooting Tron 2: Legacy in Vancouver. Having those mountains and skiing right there by the ocean, it was just beautiful. I spent a lot of time biking and hiking around Stanley Park.

Have you heard of the Little Lebowski Shop in Greenwich Village?
Yes, I’ve been there! Imagine, a store entirely dedicated to the film; it put a smile on my face. The Big Lebowski has got a group of fans that just love it, to the extent that some of them created a festival called the Lebowski Fest. It’s gone on for about 10 years now, and it happens all over America. I had my Beatle moment when I went and played to a sea of Dudes.

What’s your travel soundtrack?
Lately, I’m listening to a lot of Marc Ribot, who often plays with Tom Waits. He also plays guitar on my album, Jeff Bridges, and he’s recorded some wonderful albums of Cuban music.

Los Angeles

Claim to fame
Most famous for his role as the Dude in The Big Lebowski, he also tours the world singing his country songs.  

Latest project
Starring alongside Julianne Moore in The Seventh Son, due out next year.

Travel essential
A guitar

His favourite thing about touring
“How the guys you play with become your dear friends.”



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