Oscar Nominee Jeff Bridges Shoots the Breeze

Bridges: Well, a long time ago, I mean, once upon a time I was making this movie in Montana called "Rancho Deluxe." And I could not take my eyes off one of these girls who's working at the place. Beautiful girl. She had two black eyes and a broken nose. You know, juxtaposed in that beauty, I was mesmerized.

And I finally asked her out. I said, "Would you like to go out with me?" She said, "No." I said, "No." She goes, "No." She goes, "It's a small town. Maybe I'll see you around." And her prophecy proved to be true. We met at the club or something and danced, and fell in love, and that was it.

And now we cut, 15 years later, we're married, we got three girls, and I'm opening my mail in my office. And I get a card from the makeup man on the movie where I met my wife, Sue. And the letter says, "I was going through my files, and I came across a photograph. Two photographs of you asking this local girl out for a date. I thought you might find it interesting." And I look at the photograph. And it is a picture of the first words I ever uttered to my wife asking her out for a date and her saying no, and the picture was taken.

Weir: That's fantastic.

Bridges: Not only that, but it's a close-up of her. And now, I have that in my pocket. I carry it with me all the time. So, you ask me, how keep it together -- having a beauty like that, that helps. But also, practice. You know, it's like that punch line to that joke. You know, how do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice. Same goes true for marriage, too. You got to practice all of the stuff, you know. You get a bump, and that's an opportunity to get a little deeper, right? Marriage is a great thing, man. I really love it.

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