When you are working with less experienced actors, like with Yuki Matsuzaki and Aishwarya Rai in this film, is there anything you do to help make them feel more comfortable and less intimidated by working with someone like you?
Andy: Jeff Bridges is probably one of the most generous actors I’ve ever worked with. He certainly set the barometer for me to measure everybody else by because I worked with him very early on in my life here. You can’t get a more generous and gracious individual than Jeff Bridges. And, he said, “My philosophy is that I’m the host. I’m here every day, so I have to be the most important supporting actor in the movie. The movie is in my rhythm. A guy comes off the street to do one scene, he’s stepping into our rhythm, so it’s important for me, as the protagonist, to make it comfortable to do his thing, and to engage him in our process and make him feel at ease. It’s my responsibility. Everyone else is going to be uncomfortable, but if I can be gracious, hospitable and welcoming, it takes the pressure off.” I thought that was a great lesson. That was a gift from Jeff to me, and Jeff was a gift to me himself. It’s a philosophy that I’ve tried to carry on. The more I can feed someone on camera, the better the whole is going to be. And, the more they can feed me on camera, the better my performance is going to be. That’s my philosophy.
Just some more proof that Jeff Bridges embodies The Dude. Hope you're all having a good Friday and you have a great weekend ahead.