The 10 Greatest Anti-Heroes: #4 The Dude

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The 10 Greatest Anti-Heroes: #4 The Dude

Movie: The Big Lebowski
Actor: Jeff Bridges

If you truly loved your kidnapped trophy wife, would you really ask a guy like Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski to deliver ransom money to her captors? Sure, he’s got plenty of time on his hands—enough to while away the days chasing down a stolen rug, at least—but he can hardly get himself dressed in the morning, chugs White Russians like it’s his job (incidentally, he doesn’t have a real one) and hangs around with a bunch of emotionally unstable bowling enthusiasts. Any mission you set him off on seems bound to fail. And yet that’s the great joy, and the great triumph, of the Coen BrothersThe Big Lebowski and its consummate slacker-hero. The Dude is a knight in rumpled PJ pants, a bathrobe his chainmail, a Ford Torino his white horse. Strikes and gutters, ups and downs, he takes life in ambling, unshaven stride—and more than dashing good looks and unparalleled strengths, isn’t that something we should all aspire to?

The Dude Quotes:

“That rug really tied the room together.”

“Fuck sympathy! I don’t need your fuckin’ sympathy, man. I need my fucking johnson!”

“The Dude abides.”

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