Susan Sarandon didn’t think The Big Lebowski spin-off would ever be made

Susan Sarandon thought John Turturro’s The Big Lebowski spin-off The Jesus Rolls was so “crazy” it would never be made.The actor originally played the scene-stealing bowler Jesus Quintana in the Coen Brothers’ crime comedy back in 1998, alongside Jeff …

Susan Sarandon thought John Turturro’s The Big Lebowski spin-off The Jesus Rolls was so “crazy” it would never be made.

The actor originally played the scene-stealing bowler Jesus Quintana in the Coen Brothers’ crime comedy back in 1998, alongside Jeff Bridges and John Goodman.

More than two decades later, the 63-year-old has reprised his iconic character for the movie spin-off, which is also a loose remake of Bertrand Blier’s 1974 film Going Places, as well as writing and directing his passion project.

During an interview on U.S. breakfast show Today, Sarandon, who plays former prisoner Jean, confessed she was stunned when she got the call from Turturro asking her to come to set to begin filming, as she thought his passion project was too ambitious to be given the green light.

“I said yes (to the job) thinking they would never get the money!” she quipped. “It was so crazy, the script, and so much was going on, and I was like, I love John, I’d do anything he asked me to do. I love Bobby (Cannavale, co-star), we’ve worked together before, I was like, ‘Yeah, sure, sure, sure – it’ll never happen!’ And it happened!”

And having her old friend behind the camera made the experience all the more fun for Sarandon, because she was already familiar with his shooting style, having previously collaborated on 1998’s Illuminata and 2005’s Romance & Cigarettes, which were both also written and directed by Turturro.

“John is very special, he creates an atmosphere that (makes) you feel very safe, you can throw out anything to try,” she explained. “It’s just fun, that’s the main thing, and you know he knows what he’s doing.”

The Jesus Rolls, also starring Audrey Tautou, Pete Davidson and Jon Hamm, is in U.S. cinemas from Friday.

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Jeff Bridges can’t switch off The Big Lebowski

Jeff Bridges can’t switch off The Big Lebowski if it’s unexpectedly airing on television.The actor played the lead role of Jeffrey ‘The Dude’ Lebowski in Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1998 cult classic, which also starred John Goodman, Steve Buscemi …

Jeff Bridges can’t switch off The Big Lebowski if it’s unexpectedly airing on television.

The actor played the lead role of Jeffrey ‘The Dude’ Lebowski in Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1998 cult classic, which also starred John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and Julianne Moore. And Bridge’s admitted aside from The Godfather, it’s the film he’s seen more than any other.

“When I watch TV and Lebowski comes on, I’ll say, ‘I’ll just watch a couple of scenes,’ and I get hooked, man,” he laughed in an interview with Britain’s Empire magazine. “I can’t stop it. I wanna see (John) Turturro lick the ball, or John (Goodman) toss Donny (Buscemi’s character) to the wind.

“I admit I’m biased,” Bridges added. “But I think those Coen brothers, they’re masters. They make wonderful films.”

The 68-year-old also explained that ten years later, fans of The Big Lebowski will still quote his own famous lines back to him.

“’The Dude abides’ comes up the most,” he shared. “My buddy Bernie Glassman was a zen master. He once said to me, ‘You realise in many Buddhist circles The Dude is considered a Zen master?’ I said, ‘What are you talking about man?’ He said, ‘Oh yeah, the movie is full of koans.’”

Koans refer to questions or statements which help Zen Buddhists unravel greater truths about the world, and Glassman’s observation prompted the Zen master and Bridges to write a book called The Dude And The Zen Master in 2012.

“One of our favourite koans that’s in there is, ‘That’s just, like, your opinion, man,” Bridges chuckled. “That’s not only good to say to somebody else, but to say to yourself.”

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Bad Times at the El Royale cast turned to games to break tension on set

Jon Hamm used his addiction to mobile game Candy Crush to clear his mind in between scenes on new thriller Bad Times at the El Royale. The forthcoming mystery movie, which is set in the late 1960s, features an all-star cast, including Chris Hemsworth,…

Jon Hamm used his addiction to mobile game Candy Crush to clear his mind in between scenes on new thriller Bad Times at the El Royale.

The forthcoming mystery movie, which is set in the late 1960s, features an all-star cast, including Chris Hemsworth, Jeff Bridges, and Dakota Johnson, whose characters’ lives are forever changed during one fateful night at a run-down hotel with a dark past.

The actors each found their own ways to escape the tense atmosphere of the film during their downtime on set, and Hamm, who plays a secretive vacuum cleaner salesman, turned to his cell phone to relax.

“When cut happens I stop working…, and then I play Candy Crush…,” he explained on breakfast show Today. “It just wipes the brain.”

The Mad Men star has been a big fan of the game for years, and previously confessed he easily gets sucked into the puzzle-matching app.

“I’ve been working my way through the ridiculous time-waster that is Candy Crush,” he told Stylist in 2014. “I think I’m on level 280, which is just absurd.”

Meanwhile, Hamm’s co-star Bridges chose to introduce castmates to his favourite pastime, classic kids game Pass the Pigs.

“We got into some Pass the Pigs between the scenes… It’s craps for kids, basically!” he laughed.

The Big Lebowski icon apparently takes the game with him to each film set, after also getting Kevin Bacon involved while they filmed R.I.P.D. back in 2013.

“He’s really obsessed with this game,” Kevin said at the time. “I thought at first it was a joke at my expense, being a Bacon and all, but it’s a game with these little rubber pigs and they stand on their noses and they stand on each other… It’s kind of like a dice game… We all had those directors chairs… and in front of Jeff’s is a little table with a Pass The Pigs set and we’d play constantly.”

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Tara Reid predicts American Pie 5 will start filming soon

Tara Reid is hopeful that a fifth American Pie movie will begin shooting later this year (18).The actress played Vicky Lathum in the first two films of the franchise and returned to shoot the most recent instalment, American Reunion, in 2012. Plans fo…

Tara Reid is hopeful that a fifth American Pie movie will begin shooting later this year (18).

The actress played Vicky Lathum in the first two films of the franchise and returned to shoot the most recent instalment, American Reunion, in 2012.

Plans for a new addition to the series were first announced the same year, after The Hollywood Reporter reported that Universal executives had secured American Reunion directors, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, to helm the project, with Tara adding in 2015 that there had been “talks” about setting the film in Las Vegas. And having recently caught up with the filmmaking duo, she doesn’t think production is too far away.

“I met the directors recently at the Emmy party and I said, ‘Let’s do the fifth movie, the franchise needs another movie.’ They replied: ‘It will happen! We’re going to make another!'” she explained in an interview with CinePOP. “It will be incredible to come back. American Pie is American Pie. Movies were a part of American culture, it’s a classic. It is known all over the world. I’m very excited. It’s going to be a great year for me, with Sharknado’s (The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time) debut and the possibility of filming yet another American Pie in 2018.”

Though Tara is keen to get the ball rolling, former co-star Seann William Scott – who played Steve Stifler in all four of the American Pie movies – previously said he didn’t believe American Reunion made enough at the domestic box office, approximately $57 million (£44 million), to warrant another film.

Since the franchise’s last film, Tara has gone on to star in other U.S. comedies such as Last Call and parody flick The Hungover Games, as well as horror movies like Charlie’s Farm and the upcoming Ouija House.

One of the 42-year-old’s most famous features, The Big Lebowski, also celebrated its 20th anniversary this year.

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