Meet the man who inspired “The Dude” in The Big Lebowski

I remember getting free tickets to watch the Coen Brother’s movie The Big Lebowski back in 1998 and struggling to stay awake during the screening. I knew there was a certain something about the film that I was supposed to enjoy, but it was moving right past me. I wasn’t unfamiliar with Coen Brother’s films, in fact as a film student I regarded them as some of the best modern cinema ever, but this Lebowski thing…I fucking don’t get it. I’ve returned to the film starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, John Tuturro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore and Francis Mcdormand on several occasions, whether it be on poorly edited cable releases or on a television at some art house bar, but those fleeting moments were never enough to satisfy my insatiable need to decipher this what-the-fuckery. So when I stumbled across this short film about the actual man who the Coen Brothers based the Jeff Bridges character “The Dude” on, it rekindled my need to know why they made this film in the first place. My hopes is that with this film I, and others like me, might find some peace and understanding to what has now become a cult film phenomena.
Meet the dude behind The Dude! Sundance Award winning director JEFF FEUERZEIG, (THE DEVIL AND DANIEL JOHNSTON, ESPN 30 for 30‘s THE REAL ROCKY), reveals the inspiration for the beloved central character in the Coen Brothers’ cult-favorite film THE BIG LEBOWSKI. This documentary short follows Jeff Dowd to a Lebowski Fest offering a glimpse into this fascinating subculture and colorful real-life character behind the iconic mythical Dude and the secret to how he always abides.

THE DUDE (Director’s Cut) from Jeff Feuerzeig on Vimeo.

Published by Jeffrey Lamar

I’m an actor,musician and writer who's blended his love for all three into this blog.

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