John Goodman Honored With Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star, Jeff Bridges Revives ‘Big Lebowski’
Veteran actor John Goodman was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Friday, and Jeff Bridges celebrated as the Dude from The Big Lebowski.
JOHN GOODMAN GETS STAR, JEFF BRIDGES IS THE DUDE
Goodman, 64, who appeared in the cult classic, is also know for his work in Roseanne, Raising Arizona, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Monsters Inc.,10 Cloverfield Lane, and most recently, Kong: Skull Island.
Goodman took his time in thanking all the women in his life, considering International Women’s Day was last week.
“I would be remiss if I didn’t mention – this week especially – the women, without whom I would not be here,” he began. “A mother who had to scrape by on survival wages to raise two kids by herself. The many teachers who tried to knock some sense into me, some of it worked. Roseanne, thank you. I don’t think I’d be up here if it wasn’t for her. She really took a lot of heat but she was always right and I love her. My daughter Molly who always puts a smile on my face when I need it most. And then the love of my life, Anna Beth, who for a long time put up with more than a person should have to, or need to, but we came out on top.”
Bridges took to the podium in a suit jacket, before swapping it for the Dude’s famed sweater. He delivered a speech in the style of Goodman’s character Walter’s eulogy in the film. “In accordance with what we think may be your final wishes, we have committed to these sidewalks in Hollywood – in the bosom of Hollywood that you love so well — a star,” quipped Bridges. “A star for you, a star because we love you so well … what time is it? Afternoon? Good afternoon, my sweet prince.”
Bridges reminisced about the film in 2014 when he and his band, the Abiders, played at Lebowski Fest. “I hadn’t seen the movie in its entirety for a long time,” Bridges said at the time. “So after we played, I sat and watched it with the rest of the audience. And it was really a remarkable experience to be in the room with people who admire that movie so much, and you can just feel the love vibes going on. It was really terrific.”
Goodman spoke about the film in 2012 as well, and discussed its lifelong impact. “People had always come up to me and said they appreciated it, but I noticed more and more in the past few years that people were younger, and that kind of scared me because I was afraid it would suffer some kind of odd fate like being a cult film and then being forgotten again,” the actor said. “I’m really glad that people appreciate it. I wouldn’t want anything bad to happen to it.”
Goodman’s star tallies the 2,604th star on the Walk of Fame.