In 1998, Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski and Jeffrey Lebowski (aka. The Big Lebowski) suffered from a case of mistaken identity and a peed-on rug, and the world would never be the same.
And in 2018, Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi were reunited on the Today show and reminisced about the good old days, man.
They talked about getting the script for the first time.
“When I was reading the part of Donnie, I kind of didn’t get it,” said Steve Buscemi. “I felt bad for the guy. I thought, ‘Why does Walter bully him all the time?’ And as I’m reading it, I thought, ‘How am I gonna tell Joel and Ethan that I don’t want to do this? And then when I got to Donnie’s last scene … I saw the relationship. I saw how much Walter really loves Donnie and how they’re like brothers, and I found it very moving.”
The boys 20 years later… still abiding. Too bad PSH isn’t still w/ us. pic.twitter.com/BBePsxZcwQ
— Eggman Bee Farm (@EggmanBeeFarm) October 18, 2018
John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, and John Turturro on the set of The Big Lebowski.
Photo by Jeff Bridges. pic.twitter.com/nARuLKFBcM
— Julieta451 (@Julieta451) October 18, 2018
How is it Goodman looks the healthiest now?
— colin the dude (@dudeeatscorn) October 18, 2018
— Darnell 5-1 (@fasttimes37) October 18, 2018
They also talked about how shocking it was that the movie opened to very…meh reception.
“It was a weird thing that it came after ‘Fargo,’” the Coen brothers’ 1996 project, which had been a smash hit: “These guys could have done anything! So it was a very strange movie to make following that.”
20 years???? Happy birthday pic.twitter.com/fzVNAaiIas
— Noellie Taf (@Lollytaff) October 18, 2018
The Dude abides. I don't know about you, but I take comfort in that. It's good knowing he's out there, the Dude, takin' 'er easy for all us sinners.
— Cassiano (@cassifraiha) October 18, 2018
20 years later and still one of the best movies of all time. pic.twitter.com/cxQNqvk10g
— KD〽️ (@KDGoBlue12) October 19, 2018
— Ray Merrill (@raymerrill) October 18, 2018
— Kristy Wolford (@WolfordK) October 18, 2018
“I’m the Dude, so that’s what you call me. That or, uh His Dudeness, or uh Duder, or El Duderino, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing.”
The Dude pic.twitter.com/NO0juDnnMq
— Juan Ferrer (@JuanFerrerVila) October 19, 2018
But then suddenly, it was a smash hit.
According to the “dudes,” college kids everywhere started quoting the movie at them.
“The dude abides.”
— Film Inquiry @LFF (@FilmInquiry) October 19, 2018
Love all of you! Although Steve is the only one Ive had the pleasure of getting to know – great guy! Congrats on the 20th of a great film
— Keesha Sharp (@keeshasharp) October 18, 2018
If you don't mind, could somebody just look around under the table. Aimee's missing a toe. Thanks, I appreciate it. pic.twitter.com/3VyOINfdNt
— John Whatley (@jbw4926) October 18, 2018
“Shut the f*ck up Donny.”
This was for Halloween tonight pic.twitter.com/c2S666KbKZ
— Patrick S (@BlackBeardAP) October 19, 2018
— Alexander Krukauskas (@thealexkru) October 20, 2018
and “Well, that’s just like your opinion, man.”
— Rob (@RobJ8) October 18, 2018
Gonna watch it tonight for the anniversary 25 yrs wow … congrats still makes me laugh like
— mchael richard bentley (@BentleyMchael) October 18, 2018
— Paul Beyer (@PBizzel) October 18, 2018
Here’s to 20 more years of “The Big Lebowski.”
— Jeff Bridges (@TheJeffBridges) October 18, 2018