History Trivia / TheBigLebowski

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.
16th Apr '16 8:38:13 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** [[Film/{{Tron}} Kevin Flynn]] is confused for [[Film/BlazingSaddles Olson Johnson]] (who has [[Series/{{Scrubs}} Danni Sullivan]] for a trophy wife, [[Film/BoogieNights Amber Waves]] for a daughter and [[Film/TheHungerGames Plutarch Heavensbee]] for an assistant), often bowls with his best friends [[Film/RaisingArizona Gale Snoats]] and [[Film/ReservoirDogs Mr. Pink]] while also being harassed by fellow bowler Hispanic BartonFink ([[Film/BigDaddy I feel you have underestimated his sneakiness]]) and has his car blown up by three nihilists, two of which are [[Film/{{Fargo}} Gaear Grimsrud]] and [[Film/BackToTheFuture Needles]]. Oh, and the second Treehorn Thug is [[Series/{{Lost}} Jacob.]]
** And it's being narrated by [[Film/{{Tombstone}} Virgil Earp]].
** [[Film/HarryPotter Professor Lupin]] is the video artist who can't stop giggling for some reason.
** [[Series/HowIMetYourMother Ranjit]] is the doctor Maude recommends.
** [[Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark Dieter Stark]] is a nihilist.
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** In the Japanese dub, who was dubbed twice:
*** The Dude is [[Series/KamenRiderBlade Kei Karasuma]] and [[Manga/OnePunchMan Bang]] in the first dubbed version and [[Creator/TakayukiSugo in the second dubbed version]] he is [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Hashirama Senju]] and [[Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato2199 Capt. Juzo Okita]].
*** [[Creator/TesshoGenda Walter Sobchak]] is [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Kurama]], [[Franchise/{{Transformer}} Optimus Prime]] and [[Manga/CityHunter Umibozu]] in both dubbed versions.
*** The Big Lebowski is [[VideoGame/ProjectXZone Bruno Delinger]] in the second dubbed version.
*** The Jesus is [[Anime/CodeGeass Schneizel el Britannia]] in the first dubbed version.
7th Apr '16 12:07:09 PM ooh
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* CreatorKiller: Despite the film's critical acclaim, the box office failure of the film along with ''[[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney's Great Adventure]]'' has been blamed for the destruction of [=PolyGram=] Films. What's more is that the studio could have avoided it all if they stayed around to see the success of ''Film/NottingHill''.
9th Jan '16 10:50:59 AM Miracle@StOlaf
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* Defictionalization: Replicas of The Dude's Medina Sod bowling shirt and the Big Lebowski's "Person of the Year" mirror can easily be found for sale. Time Magazine even made a mirrored cover for their 2006 Person of the Year.

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* Defictionalization: {{Defictionalization}}:
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Replicas of The Dude's Medina Sod bowling shirt and the Big Lebowski's "Person of the Year" mirror can easily be found for sale. sale.
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Time Magazine even made a mirrored cover for of their 2006 own for Person of the Year.Year in 2006.
** The below-mentioned "Dudeism" is a recognized religion, and people have been married under it.



** {{Defictionalization}}: It's a recognized religion, and people have been married under it.
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