Actor John Goodman, who over the course of his 40+ year career in Hollywood has starred in hit films and shows like Raising Arizona, Roseanne, Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Big Lebowski, Monsters, Inc. and many more, was honored on Friday with his very own star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. The already-exciting event was made even more so when Goodman’s The Big Lebowski co-star Jeff Bridges came to the stage and donned the trademark sweater of his character, Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski.
When Bridges took to the stage, it was with a large leather bag in tow. He handed the bag to a confused Goodman and took his jacket off, then opened the bag to reveal The Dude’s signature sweater, catching Goodman and the audience completely by surprise. He slipped it on, then stepped up to the podium to deliver an altered version of the eulogy that Goodman delivers at the end of Big Lebowski.
“He’s a good actor, he’s a good man… John Goodman,” said Bridges. “He’s one of us, he loves the outdoors and acting. As a showman, he has explored the stages from Los Angeles to New York — we’re talking Broadway here, man — he’s done some weird little movies, too. And he’s lived, like so many men in prior generations have lived their lives. He is a man of his times, a man of our times, and he has become a legend.”
Placing Goodman amongst the ranks of classic actors like Groucho Marx, Clark Gable and Jimmy Cagney, Bridges continued: “In accordance with what we think may be your final wishes, we have committed to these sidewalks in Hollywood — in the bosom of Hollywood that you love so well — a star. A star for you, a star because we love you so well … what time is it? Afternoon? Good afternoon, sweet prince,” ended Bridges, tailoring the line to fit the ceremony.
The clip is a fun and heartwarming ode to a comedy classic, and the mutual respect between the two actors is palpable. You can check out the footage below.