SI: Did you
channel your inner B�la K�rolyi for Stick It?
Bridges: Well, I
did speak to a lot of coaches, but the people who really helped me were the
Olympians who were part of the cast. Also, I was able to go to a Junior Olympic
National meet in L.A. I must have been a strange sight because here were all
these girls flipping around and I have my camera taking pictures of the
SI: Your brother,
Beau, made the UCLA basketball team as a walk-on in 1960-61. What was he like
as a player?
Bridges: He was
only 5'9" or so, but he was a great athlete. He was also scouted by the
Dodgers. Beau still has a close connection with John Wooden. He narrates one of
appeared in many sports films, including The Last American Hero, in which you
played a character based on racing legend Junior Johnson. How did you prepare
for the part?
Bridges: I hung
out with Junior and [his then wife] Flossie. Did some shine with them, some
cherry bounce and white lightning. I kind of soaked up the atmosphere
SI: In Against
All Odds you played a football player at the end of his career. Did you base
that on anyone?
Bridges: Yeah, I
hung out with [former Bills receiver] Bob Chandler. I had lunch with him. He
was like a cripple. He was getting to his chair, and you heard every move. [I
asked why he kept playing, and] he said, "There's nothing like catching
that long ball. If I knew I wouldn't be ridiculed to death, I would be sobbing
every time I caught the ball. It's such an emotional high. There's nothing else
in life that will ever get that for me."
SI: Have you
attended any Lebowski Fests, where fans of the movie bowl and sip White
Bridges: I went
to one in L.A. last year. We got a little band together and played some tunes
for the guys. We did The Man in Me, the Dylan tune in Lebowski. It was wild
performing to a sea of Dudes.