History Trivia / TheBigLebowski

8th Dec '17 11:36:18 PM BeastC
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* {{Blooper}}: When the owner of the car Walter's smashing grabs the crowbar, his lips aren't moving despite the guy screaming his lungs out.
25th Aug '17 4:06:52 PM ClintEastwood
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** Creator/TheCoenBrothers originally wanted Creator/MarlonBrando for Jeffrey Lebowski. They even amused themselves by quoting some of their favourite Jeffrey Lebowski lines ("Strong men also cry") in a Brando imitation. Names tossed around for the role included Robert Duvall (who passed because he wasn't fond of the script), Creator/AnthonyHopkins (who passed since he had no interest in playing an American), and Creator/GeneHackman (who was taking a break at the time). A second "wish list" included an oddball "who's who," including
Creator/ErnestBorgnine, William F. Buckley, Creator/JerryFalwell, Creator/AndyGriffith, Creator/NormanMailer, Creator/GeorgeCScott and Creator/GoreVidal.

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** Creator/TheCoenBrothers originally wanted Creator/MarlonBrando for Jeffrey Lebowski. They even amused themselves by quoting some of their favourite Jeffrey Lebowski lines ("Strong men also cry") in a Brando imitation. Names tossed around for the role included Robert Duvall (who passed because he wasn't fond of the script), Creator/AnthonyHopkins (who passed since he had no interest in playing an American), and Creator/GeneHackman (who was taking a break at the time). A second "wish list" included an oddball "who's who," including
including Creator/ErnestBorgnine, William F. Buckley, Creator/JerryFalwell, Creator/AndyGriffith, Creator/NormanMailer, Creator/GeorgeCScott and Creator/GoreVidal.
25th Aug '17 4:06:15 PM ClintEastwood
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** Creator/JeffBridges wears the same baseball t-shirt in ''Film/TheFisherKing''.



* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: Although Creator/JohnGoodman denies it, Creator/JeffBridges claims that they both ad-libbed most of their dialogue. This may be true, due to the fact that they often interrupt their own lines and stutter in the film.




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** Creator/CharlizeTheron auditioned for Bunny.
** Creator/TheCoenBrothers originally wanted Creator/MarlonBrando for Jeffrey Lebowski. They even amused themselves by quoting some of their favourite Jeffrey Lebowski lines ("Strong men also cry") in a Brando imitation. Names tossed around for the role included Robert Duvall (who passed because he wasn't fond of the script), Creator/AnthonyHopkins (who passed since he had no interest in playing an American), and Creator/GeneHackman (who was taking a break at the time). A second "wish list" included an oddball "who's who," including
Creator/ErnestBorgnine, William F. Buckley, Creator/JerryFalwell, Creator/AndyGriffith, Creator/NormanMailer, Creator/GeorgeCScott and Creator/GoreVidal.
14th Jul '17 4:04:59 PM multibrawlr
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!! For the film:



** In the original script, it was revealed that Walter was never actually a Vietnam veteran. Following Donny's funeral, the Dude was to yell at Walter, "You were never fucking in Vietnam, Walter".

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** In the original script, it was revealed that Walter was never actually a Vietnam veteran. Following Donny's funeral, the Dude was to yell at Walter, "You were never fucking in Vietnam, Walter".Walter".

!! For the pinball:

* TroubledProduction: Quite a turbulent one. Creator/UniversalStudios contributed plenty of ExecutiveMeddling during development and threatened Dutch Pinball with pulling the license after premature showing of a prototype with unapproved artwork. Dutch Pinball's Director of Marketing and Communications, Phillip Weinberg, resigned due to said problems and made several revealing and accusatory statements about the company. And just when everything appeared fine, it came to light in 2017 that Dutch's Pinball's contract manufacturer, ARA, was halting production of ''The Big Lebowski'' upon claims that Dutch Pinball had not paid them sufficiently. They also were holding completed machines hostage from customers out of protest. Dutch Pinball severed ties with ARA and announced that they found a new manufacturer, though nonetheless have been derided by those still awaiting their games.
18th May '17 5:48:04 PM Az_Tech341
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* EnforcedMethodActing: During the dream sequence when the Dude is looking up at a series of dancing girls, the expression he wears on his face is the result of the extras (with the encouragement of Jeff Bridges' wife and daughter) having stuffed their briefs with hair to make it seems as if they had ungroomed nether regions.

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* EnforcedMethodActing: During the dream sequence when the Dude is looking up at a series of dancing girls, the expression he wears on his face is the result of the extras (with the encouragement of Jeff Bridges' wife and daughter) having stuffed their briefs with hair to make it seems seem as if though they had ungroomed nether regions.



* PlayingAgainstType: To some degree, Creator/JohnGoodman as Walter Sobchak. His characters, when not directed by Creator/{{the Coen Brothers}}, tend to be nice, huggable jolly guys. Walter is anything but.
** Which nearly became his type. Goodman said in an interview that a lot of the roles offer to him post-''Lebowski'' were variations of the blustering Walter character.

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* PlayingAgainstType: PlayingAgainstType:
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To some degree, Creator/JohnGoodman as Walter Sobchak. His characters, when not directed by Creator/{{the Coen Brothers}}, tend to be nice, huggable huggable, jolly guys. Walter is anything but.
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but. Which nearly became his type. Goodman said in an interview that a lot of the roles offer to him post-''Lebowski'' were variations of the blustering Walter character.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: According to Reid, Creator/CharlizeTheron tried out for the role of Bunny Lebowski.
** The Coens originally wanted Creator/MarlonBrando for Jeffrey Lebowski. Names tossed around for the role included Creator/RobertDuvall (who passed because he wasn't fond of the script), Creator/AnthonyHopkins (who passed since he had no interest in playing an American), and Creator/GeneHackman (who was taking a break at the time). A second "wish list" included an oddball "who's who," including Norman Mailer, Creator/GeorgeCScott, Jerry Falwell, Creator/GoreVidal, Andy Griffith, William F. Buckley, and Creator/ErnestBorgnine.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: According to Reid, Creator/CharlizeTheron tried out for the role of Bunny Lebowski.
** The Coens originally wanted Creator/MarlonBrando for Jeffrey Lebowski. Names tossed around for the role included Creator/RobertDuvall (who passed because he wasn't fond of the script), Creator/AnthonyHopkins (who passed since he had no interest in playing an American), and Creator/GeneHackman (who was taking a break at the time). A second "wish list" included an oddball "who's who," including Norman Mailer, Creator/GeorgeCScott, Jerry Falwell, Creator/GoreVidal, Andy Griffith, William F. Buckley, and Creator/ErnestBorgnine.
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26th Dec '16 1:43:52 AM bombadil211
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* EnforcedMethodActing: During the dream sequence when the Dude is looking up at a series of dancing girls, the expression he wears on his face is the result of the extras (with the encouragement of Jeff Bridges' wife and daughter) having stuffed their briefs with hair to make it seems as if they had ungroomed nether regions.
2nd Dec '16 9:58:25 AM Anicomicgeek
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** Detective Da Fino, the PI hired to find Bunny Lebowski and played by Jon Polito, expresses his admiration of The Dude's apparent playing one side against the other throughout the movie. In ''Film/MillersCrossing'', Jon Polito plays a mob boss who is victim to and absolutely hates a double-cross.

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** Detective Da Fino, the PI hired to find Bunny Lebowski and played by Jon Polito, Creator/JonPolito, expresses his admiration of The Dude's apparent playing one side against the other throughout the movie. In ''Film/MillersCrossing'', Jon Polito Creator/JonPolito plays a mob boss who is victim to and absolutely hates a double-cross.
10th Sep '16 6:59:17 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* DyeingForYpurArt: To develop the lazy, out of shape character of the Dude, Creator/JeffBridges let himself go physically.

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* DyeingForYpurArt: DyeingForYourArt: To develop the lazy, out of shape character of the Dude, Creator/JeffBridges let himself go physically.
10th Sep '16 6:58:42 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* TheDanza: Despite The Dude's seeming similarity to JeffBridges, he is actually based on another friend of Creator/{{the Coen Brothers}}, Jeff "The Dude" Dowd. Dowd, Dude, and Bridges are all named Jeffrey.

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** Creator/PeterStormare's character sits in the diner with the group of nihilists and all of them order pancakes. His character in ''Fargo'' was very insistent on getting pancakes as well.
* ActorInspiredElement: A lot of the Dude's clothes in the movie were Creator/JeffBridges's own clothes, including his Jellies sandals.
* TheDanza: Despite The Dude's seeming similarity to JeffBridges, Creator/JeffBridges, he is actually based on another friend of Creator/{{the Coen Brothers}}, Jeff "The Dude" Dowd. Dowd, Dude, and Bridges are all named Jeffrey.



* DyeingForYpurArt: To develop the lazy, out of shape character of the Dude, Creator/JeffBridges let himself go physically.



* PlayingAgainstType: To some degree, John Goodman as Walter Sobchak. John Goodman's characters, when not directed by Creator/{{the Coen Brothers}}, tend to be nice, huggable jolly guys. Walter is anything but.

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* PlayingAgainstType: To some degree, John Goodman Creator/JohnGoodman as Walter Sobchak. John Goodman's His characters, when not directed by Creator/{{the Coen Brothers}}, tend to be nice, huggable jolly guys. Walter is anything but.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: According to Reid, Creator/CharlizeTheron tried out for the role of Bunny Lebowski.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: According to Reid, Creator/CharlizeTheron tried out for the role of Bunny Lebowski.Lebowski.
** The Coens originally wanted Creator/MarlonBrando for Jeffrey Lebowski. Names tossed around for the role included Creator/RobertDuvall (who passed because he wasn't fond of the script), Creator/AnthonyHopkins (who passed since he had no interest in playing an American), and Creator/GeneHackman (who was taking a break at the time). A second "wish list" included an oddball "who's who," including Norman Mailer, Creator/GeorgeCScott, Jerry Falwell, Creator/GoreVidal, Andy Griffith, William F. Buckley, and Creator/ErnestBorgnine.
** In the original script, the Dude's car was a Chrysler LeBaron, as Jeff Dowd had once owned, but that car was not big enough to fit John Goodman so the Coens changed it to a Ford Torino.
** In the original script, it was revealed that Walter was never actually a Vietnam veteran. Following Donny's funeral, the Dude was to yell at Walter, "You were never fucking in Vietnam, Walter".
14th Jul '16 11:31:07 AM erforce
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** JohnTurturro played a pederast in a play called ''Theatre/MiPutaVida'', which the Coens said directly inspired his character here.
** Walter's home security business works under the slogan "Peace of Mind". In ''BartonFink'', John Goodman's character says he sells peace of mind.

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** JohnTurturro Creator/JohnTurturro played a pederast in a play called ''Theatre/MiPutaVida'', which the Coens said directly inspired his character here.
** Walter's home security business works under the slogan "Peace of Mind". In ''BartonFink'', John Goodman's ''Film/BartonFink'', Creator/JohnGoodman's character says he sells peace of mind.
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