Filmmaking legends Joel and Ethan Coen have recently started working apart for the first time, with Joel making The Tragedy of Macbeth in 2021, and Ethan making Drive-Away Dolls (set for release in September 2023). However, their fans are still holding out hope for a Coen Brothers reunion – which may be happening with upcoming project The Zebra Striped Hearse (which is currently listed on both Joel and Ethan’s IMDb). And they’ll be hoping for a further reunion with one of their long-time collaborators – John Goodman.
John Goodman has worked with the Coen Brothers many times – on Raising Arizona, Barton Fink, O Brother Where Art Thou, and Inside Llewyn Davis. But their most well-known and most-loved collaboration was on one of the best comedy movies of all time – The Big Lebowski.
Goodman is currently promoting The Righteous Gemstones season 3 and was asked by Looper if he had the chance to reunite with the Coens on a new, original movie or on a Big Lebowski sequel, which one he’d choose. Goodman responded; “No, the Lebowski sequel’s not going to happen, but anytime Joel and Ethan have a part for me, I’ll be there.”
The Big Lebowski of course stars Jeff Bridges as The Dude – a slacker who becomes embroiled in a noir-like mystery. Goodman plays The Dude’s Vietnam vet bowling buddy Walter, alongside Steve Buscemi as their other buddy Donny and John Turturro as their arch-nemesis Jesus Quintana.
Surprisingly, The Big Lebowski has already had a sequel of sorts. Well, really more of a spin-off – 2020’s The Jesus Rolls – which was written and directed by John Turturro. It’s somewhat easy to forget that it came out though, unfortunately.
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