The Big Lebowski is one of the Coen Brothers greatest, most quotable movies to date. Here are 7 bits of behind-the-scenes trivia you might not have heard.
7. The Dude Was the Heir to the Rubik’s Cube Fortune
Where the Dude gets his money was never addressed in the final film, but the Coens originally intended for him to be living on a trust fund from his grandfather, the inventor of the Rubik’s Cube.
6. Walter Was Based on John Milius
Many of the characters in The Big Lebowski were patterned after real-world people, most interestingly Walter Sobchak. His inspiration was Conan the Barbarian director John Milius.
5. The Bulge in Jesus’s Pants Was Birdseed
John Tuturro’s turn as the menacing pederast Jesus Quintana is one of the movie’s strongest points, and to back up Jesus’s sexuality the actor stuffed a bag of birdseed down the front of his pants.
4. The Briefcase Scene Was Shot Backwards
The Coens couldn’t get the handoff scene where Walter throws the briefcase full of underwear to look right, so they filmed it in reverse, with a crew member throwing it at the car from offscreen.
3. The Dude Is in Every Scene
2. The “Gutterballs” Sequence Featured Special Effects
Jeff Bridges couldn’t fit through the spread legs of the dancing girls in the hallucinatory “Gutterballs” sequence, so they filmed him in one shot, the girls in the other and spliced them together.
1. The Dude Is Never Seen Bowling
Even though he’s a member of the team and bowling-related imagery follows him throughout the flick, we never see the Dude pitch a ball.