Actor Jeff Bridges has come a long way from just being "the Dude."
"It was an interesting experience," he said of winning the Oscar. "Kind of like a flash, you know, of white light."
Playing the downtrodden Bad Blake, a washed-up country music star who struggled to get his career on track, in "Crazy Heart" offered a pathway for Bridges to be creative in other ways.
"It did open up my music a bit, you know?" he said. "'Crazy Heart' had, you know, music was such a great part of it. And music is such an important part of my life."
An album has become his next project. Bridges said he is collaborating with songwriters T-Bone Burnett and John Goodwin, who wrote the theme song for "Crazy Heart," on an album that will host a mixed collection, including a few country tracks.