Ever wondered who some of those random names that Oscar winners endlessly reel off actually are? Jeff Bridges made the usual namechecks in his well-deserved best actor oscar acceptance speech last night - wife, kids, parents, director, publicist - but among the less familiar names was his long-time stand-in Loyd Catlett.
The pair met back in 1971 on The Last Picture Show and Catlett has since become Bridges' long-term body double on every one of his films. What does that actually involve? "It can be very exhausting at times," says Bridges. "He has to stand under the lights as they run through all the moves. He can second guess what I'll do in situations. Loyd really knows how I move since he's been doing this for such a long time."
It reveals the slightly surreal side of film-making where this can represent a rewarding career in the business. "He's a very good actor, but being a stand-in can kind of have a stigma to it," Bridges says. "It's a double-edged sword. Working with him, I can put him up for different parts I'm involved in. And I think most often, actors don't really have a deep relationship with their stand-in. But we're like brothers really."
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And what's it like to be the man behind the man behind the man? "Is it hard to be with my friend and watch his career take off and me, as an actor, not have that momentum," says Catlett, in an interview with the LA Times. "It would have been, maybe in another situation. But not with Jeff, because he has never made me feel as if I wasn't an equal part of his career and success."
"Being an actor is a good fantasy in a lot of ways, but it's not an easy row to hoe. Jeff Bridges has kept me in the game. I really just can't see life without him. Maybe I'm in his shadow, but it's a warm shadow."