‘R.I.P.D.’ Star Jeff Bridges Was “Underwhelmed” By the Film
Every prolific actor makes his or her fair share of bad films, and the legendary Jeff Bridges is no exception. However, ‘R.I.P.D.‘ was not only a bad film, it was one of the biggest bombs of the summer, a very expensive film that didn’t even come close to catching on with anyone. In an unusually candid interview, Bridges admitted that he’s definitely in the majority in this case — he is no fan of the film.
‘R.I.P.D.’ cost $130 million to produce and only made back $68 million worldwide, so you’d expect that Universal is ready to forget about the movie as soon as possible. So leave it up to the film’s star to remind us that it actually exists! Bridges’ opinion on ‘R.I.P.D.’ comes in the middle of a sprawling interview with GQ, during which, to be fair, he trashes the film as gently as possible. After all, the critics already did their worst. To quote Mr. Bridges:
I had such a great time working on that movie. I remember what we were doing. I thought, This could be fun to see. And when I saw it, I was a little underwhelmed. For my mind, the studio made some, uh, choices that I wouldn’t have made.
Bridges has been in the movie business long enough to have a good sense of humor about headlining a bomb of this magnitude (although he probably can’t say the same of co-star Ryan Reynolds). In a folksy moment that sounds exactly like the kind of thing you’d expect Bridges to say, he compares a movie’s box office to a horse race:
It’s kind of fun when the movie’s coming out. It’s like having a horse in the race. And they’re lining up, and they’re off! And you’re rooting for your horse. And in this case, the jockey fell off the horse and you came in last.
Movie stars trashing their failures is nothing new, but it’s usually the kind of thing that happens when they’re promoting a sequel, a way of saying, “We know this one sucked, but we got it right this time.” For example, Daniel Craig badmouthed ‘Quantum of Solace’ while promoting ‘Skyfall,’ and Sam Worthington had only bad things to say about ‘Clash o the Titans’ before ‘Wrath of the Titans’ hit theaters. So it’s a little weird (and definitely amusing) to see an esteemed Oscar winner like Bridges be so open about a failure so soon. After all, his place in the pantheon of great actors is set — he doesn’t care who he pisses off at this point!