The Dude does NOT abide.
Tonight, the Academy Award-winning actor and national treasure, Jeff Bridges, has revealed that he was diagnosed with Lymphoma. And in typical Jeff Bridges fashion, he referenced The Dude to make the announcement:
“As the Dude would say.. New S**T has come to light. I have been diagnosed with Lymphoma. Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good. I’m starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery.
I’m profoundly grateful for the love and support from my family and friends. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes. And, while I have you, please remember to go vote. Because we are all in this together. Love, Jeff.”
Man, I love Jeff Bridges.
Of course, you have your classics like The Contender, Starman, True Grit, Hell or Highwater and more, but The Big Lebowski has to be the most memorable role of his award-winning career.
And as good as The Big Lebowski is, Crazy Heart might be one of my all-time favorite movies.
Starring Bridges as a washed up, alcoholic country singer, Maggie Gyllenhaal as a music journalist and his love interest, and Colin Farrell as the rising star that he used to mentor, it’s a downright incredible movie with an equally as incredible country soundtrack.
The movie features a song called “The Weary Kind,” which was written by Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett. It went on to win a Grammy, a Golden Globe and an Oscar in the following years. Bridges also won an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance as Otis “Bad” Blake.
If you haven’t seen it, stop what you’re doing and watch it right now. And if you have, watch it again, and then let’s all say a prayer for Jeff because he’s a damn legend.
Watch as he performs the Ryan Bingham-penned tune, “The Weary Kind,” with his band The Abiders.
And how about Ryan Bingham’s version as well.