Jeff Bridges Didn’t Like R.I.P.D. Either
The past several years, Hollywood has given us a few films that have been complete stinkers, a few big ones come to mind: Battleship and John Carter in 2012 and this year we’ve had The Lone Ranger and R.I.P.D. Now, not all of these were terrible movies (depending on who you are), but none of them did really well at the box office. Today, we’re going to focus on the Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges starred R.I.P.D. A lot of folks found the film, which is based on the Dark Horse comic written by Peter M. Lenkov, to be a knock off of the wildly popular Men In Black series. Admittedly, it’s hard not to see the similarities. Regardless, you’d think the premise would be the perfect launching point for a decent film, but apparently that isn’t the case and one of the stars of the film, Jeff Bridges, was too thrilled with the final product either.
The laid-back actor recently took some time to speak with GQ, where he spoke with them about the film. Initially, ”The Dude” was quite enthusiastic about the project, but once he saw the film, he was rather underwhelmed. He’s not to shy about placing the blame of the films failure either.
“I had such a great time working on that movie,” Bridges said. “I remember what we were doing. I thought, ‘This could be fun to see.’ And when I saw it, I was a little underwhelmed. For my mind, the studio made some, uh, choices that I wouldn’t have made.”
R.I.P.D. had a pretty sizable budget, which is fairly evident, but the movie failed to earn back its hefty $130 million price tag. It opened to a dismal $12.7 million weekend at the domestic box office. As it stands now, the film had brought in around the $68 million worldwide. I think it’s safe to say that we won’t be seeing a sequel any time soon. At least he has a good sense of humor about it, comparing it’ failure to a horse race in which you have no jockey.
“It’s kind of fun when the movie’s coming out. It’s like having a horse in the race. And they’re lining up, and they’re off! And you’re rooting for your horse,” Bridges said. “And in this case, the jockey fell off the horse and you came in last. Ha ha ha. You know. That happens sometimes.”
I think we’ve all been there at one time or another. Bridges can next be seen in the fantasy actioner The Seventh Son, which comes out early next year. He’s also voicing a character in the upcoming animated feature The Little Prince, along with Jeff Franco, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams and Paul Giamatti. R.I.P.D. will be arriving on DVD and Blu-ray on October 29th.