The Big Lebowski is a movie that really means something to a lot of people, man. The eternally chill Dude is possibly Jeff Bridges' signature role, and he's never shied away from it either.
Still, the tweet he posted Thursday couldn't have been a bigger surprise, judging by social media reaction. Watch the brief video above.
It's just a grubby scene, possibly out in the street, then The Dude enters the frame. He's older, but still unmistakable. He lowers his glasses, laughs, walks away. Then a freakin' tumbleweed rolls by followed by the date 2-3-19.
The "what the hell just happened" factor on this revelation that Bridges has taken part in some kind of Big Lebowski-related project cannot be underestimated. February 3 is Super Bowl Sunday, so it could be anything: a full trailer for some kind of sequel, The Dude selling some kind of branded White Russian in a funky commercial, who knows?
Everyone has their own idea. Some of the Twitter reactions, negative and positive:
Scott Wampler is the editor of Birth.Movies.Death, and he has a point. Last year a full-on trailer promoting a Danny McBride movie in which he played Crocodile Dundee's long-lost son fooled everyone into thinking some top-secret project was about to be revealed.
We're in the "it's a Super Bowl ad" camp until proven wrong.
But if Jeff Bridges was willing to abide a while as The Dude again, no one would complain.