Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!
Some movies need to grow on people. Mike Judge’s Office Space was like that for me. I saw it in theaters, I liked it, but it took some time and repeated viewings for me to fall in love with it. The Coens’ work does that to people. A lot.
I can proudly say that I was onboard with The Big Lebowski from the very first moment. It’s easy to look back with a distorted view, but I remember very clearly seeing the press screening where Harry and I were the only people laughing in the full house.
Seeing The Big Lebowski’s reputation grow with each passing year has been a joy. Now it’s regarded as one of the best comedies of the last couple of decades and rightly so. What a wonderfully cast, scripted and directed film.
You want to know just how good this movie? Even the edited for TV cut of the movie is hilarious. My understanding is the Coens had a big hand in writing the many, many, many dialogue dubs that had to be inserted for the film to be playable on network TV. I believe that story if only because who else would think of replacing “This is what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass!” with “This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps!”
I could watch this movie a million times and never get tired of it. I was lucky enough to meet Steve Buscemi a while back, maybe about 6 or 7 years ago, and I brought up my love for Lebowski. He asked me why I thought there was such a following for that particular movie. He seemed genuinely perplexed as to the phenomenon.
Now on the spot, the only thing that popped into my mind was the feeling I have every time I rewatch the movie, which is the feeling of visiting old friends. For some reason the characters of The Dude, Donnie and Walter feel like real friends.
It doesn’t hurt that movie is about as funny as a movie can possibly be. That, too.
So, I had a few options for the BTS picture, some of them coming from Jeff Bridges’ own on-set photography, but those have been seen much more than this one, so I’m going with a shot of the Brothers going over the script with a certain bit player. You can click on it for a much bigger version!
Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic is totally dangerous.