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The 100 Greatest Movie Characters | Empire | 7. The Dude

"Yeah, well, that's just, like... your opinion, man." The Dude

Played By: Jeff Bridges
Film: The Big Lebowski

Why He's On The List: His Dudeness, Duder, El Duderino, if you're not into the whole brevity thing - Jeff Bridges has had a lot of great roles in his career, but does anyone (apart from his Mum, who apparently wasn't too impressed) love any of his characters as much as The Dude? To have this guy at the centre of a Raymond Chandler-esque kidnapping/rug theft plot is so totally inspired, you almost can't fathom it upon first viewing - that is superb writing. The story goes that The Dude is actually based on a real person - two people, actually. The first is a fella by the name of Jeff Dowd, who drinks White Russians and was a member of the Seattle Seven. Second is a guy named Pete Exline, who amongst other things, really did have a rug that tied the room together. But from wherever he's devised, there's nothing like him, and that's something to celebrate: the Dude abides. Don't know about you, but we take comfort in that.

Finest Hour: Paying for a discounted, past use-by carton of milk with a cheque.

The 100 Greatest Movie Characters | Empire | 7. The Dude
Jeff Bridges as The Dude

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