Forever your Dude, our Dude and the world's Dude, Jeff Bridges is one of those rare beasts who is equal parts cult hero and legitimate Hollywood royalty; navigating the fame game with inimitable talent, humour and a really great head of hair.
Now starring as Agent Champagne in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, we sat down with Jeff to talk movie roles, mum's advice and the fun side of being, well, Jeff Bridges.
Tell us a bit about your role in Kingsman?
I play Champ, who heads up the Statesman organization. I'm not sure what else I can tell you, I don't want to ruin anything. But we've got Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Julianne Moore and a ton of talent. Being able to play with these guys was my favourite part.
Pick your poison: whisky or tequila?
I went through a bourbon phase, sure: Wild Turkey, a little Jack here and there. But I think if I had to choose I'd go vodka, tequila then bourbon.
What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?
It was from my mum. She'd always say, as I was heading off to work: "Have fun and don't take it too seriously." I try to remember that.
How did you get into acting?
Both of my parents, but especially my father, really wanted his kids to go into show business, which I guess is quite unusual. You'd think most parents would try to steer their kids away from that, but not my Dad, he loved it.
What would you have done otherwise?
I always wanted to paint and play music, but now, At 67, I'm beginning to live my teenage dream. I've got a band. I kept my music going all through the years. It's just the best, man.
What are the best and worst parts of being famous?
I guess it's a bit of a double-edged sword. You lose your anonymity, but in return you get a spotlight that you can reflect back onto the world, to draw attention to things that you think deserve it. One of things that's close to my heart is ending childhood hunger, mainly in America. So yeah, that's something good about it.
What's the best age?
The best age is the age you are, my man. I've recently become a grandfather for the second time, so to be reminded of how wonderful being a child is again is something special. But they're all great ages.
What do you do for fun?
Music, painting ceramics, hanging out with my wife... going on walks. We just came back from Montana for my daughter's wedding. It was a four-day party. Incredible.
What kind of music are you into?
I dig Brian Eno, he's British, right? I like that ambient kind of music. I'm also into jazz. Bill Evans, Miles, the usual.
Which is the favourite of all of your roles?
Oh man, that's like asking, 'Which is your favourite kid!' I mean, The Dude has got to be right up there. People like The Dude, but they're all special to me.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is in cinemas now