Jeff Bridges just received his seventh career Academy Award nomination, this time for his turn as a crusty Texas Ranger on the verge of retirement in Hell or High Water, which itself is up for Best Picture. Still, despite Bridges’ penchant for starring in prestige pictures, he’s also right at home in genre films, having starred in both Tron movies and the very first Iron Man.
In that film, Bridges played the villain Obadiah Stane and although it was his only foray into comic book movies, he would be interested in returning to the genre, as he admitted in this year’s edition of THR’s Actor’s Roundtable. According to Bridges, it’s his lack of a defining persona that allows him to disappear into a comic book role:
“You know, early on in my career, I really stood out to try and not develop a strong persona and mix up so the audience would have an easier time projecting whatever character I was playing.”
Bridges also discussed his time working with director Jon Favreau on Iron Man and how it was difficult to for him to work without a script.
‘Jon [Favreau, Iron Man’s director] dealt with it so well. It freaked me out. I was very anxious. I like to be prepared. I like to know my lines, man, that’s my school. Very prepared. That was very irritating, and then I just made this adjustment. It happens in movies a lot where something’s rubbing against your fur and it’s not feeling right, but it’s just the way it is. You can spend a lot of energy bitching about that or you can figure out how you’re going to do it, how you’re going to play this hand you’ve been dealt. What you can control is how you perceive things and your thinking about it. So I said, ‘Oh, what we’re doing here, we’re making a $200 million student film. We’re all just f—–’ around! We’re playin’. Oh, great!’ That took all the pressure off. ‘Oh, just jam, man, just play.’ And it turned out great!’Jeff Bridges in Hell or High Water
Bridges is set to return to action filmmaking this year with an appearance in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, due out October 6th, but since he’s already played a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we hope DC can find a character for him to play in their comic book movie universe.