The Dude Abides by 'Iron Man' Role

Perhaps that is why the actor compares acting to child's play. "I try to have a good time. ... A big part of making movies is advance play, advanced pretend ... like when you're a kid getting to play with all the cool kids, wear the cool suits."

Meanwhile, Bridges, 58, seems to be enjoying his adult life as much as his work. Now that their three daughters have moved out, Bridges and his wife of 30 years, Susan Bridges, have settled into life in Santa Barbara, Calif., with their dogs.

"I'm kind of a homebody. I like to hang out with my girl, my wife. ... I fall deeper and deeper in love with my wife every day," he said.

It wasn't always clear to Bridges that he would feel this way about his wife, though. He told Travers that they lived together for three years, and he popped the question only after she threatened to leave him.

"The fear of marriage is the fear of death," Bridges said, adding that even once married he "pouted for two years. ... But finally, I got with the program, and it's just getting better and better."

When he's not acting or taking pictures, Bridges enjoys ceramics, drawing and finding new mediums of creative expression on his Web site. In 2000, he even put out an album with his friends titled "Be Here Soon."

Click here to find out more about Jeff Bridges and visit his Web site at www.JeffBridges.com.

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