- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 26, 2017

Jeff Bridges wants Americans to stop pointing the finger at each other and come to a peaceful understanding in the age of Donald Trump’s presidency.

The Oscar-winning actor spoke to CNN’s Dylan Byers from his home in Montecito, California, about the division in the country since the election and how it relates to his sleeper hit movie “Hell or High Water.”

“We point fingers at people, we point fingers at Trump, he points fingers at people,” Mr. Bridges, 67, said. “How are we going to come together and realize that we’re on this little dust speck in space, you know?

“That’s what I think is needed today, to kind of put a check on ourselves and knowing what’s right or wrong and being so sure that Trump is an asshole and that he’s going to be terrible and all this,” he continued. “You can have very strong opinions, but to go after this peace and this beauty that we’re after I think we gotta show up and give a little space for something beautiful to bloom out of it.”

“As the Dude might say,” he said, quoting his iconic character in the 1998 indie hit “The Big Lebowski,” “‘this aggression will not stand.’”

Mr. Bridges just received his seventh Academy Award nomination for his performance in “Hell or High Water,” where he plays a Texas marshal tasked with tracking down two brothers, played by Chris Pine and Ben Foster, who rob branches of a bank threatening to foreclose on their family land.

During a November interview with Entertainment Weekly, Mr. Bridges said the film shined a light on “why the election went the way that it did, and how seriously disappointed many people have been in the way that the government is running.”

The actor also said he was “rooting” for Mr. Trump and appreciated the Republican’s unpredictability and ability to appeal to disaffected Americans.

He told CNN this week that people need to stop being so reactionary and start accepting differing opinions.

“In these times, with Trump being in office and everything he’s proposing, and how people are reacting to it, it’s very stimulating times,” he said. “That’s where the movie leaves us: What are we going to do with this situation that we find ourselves in?”

“Like the Dude says, ‘Well, that’s just your opinion man.’ It’s impossible not to have an opinion, you’re going to have an opinion about things, but just take it as an opinion. Don’t take it as, you know, this is the s—t, this is what’s true,” he continued.

“We don’t know what’s right and wrong, you know, completely, it’s our opinion,” Mr. Bridges said. “And then bear witness. Just be with these people who feel opposite than you, and just kind of be with this uncomfortable feeling, like, what are we going to do? If you spend enough time in that situation, not knowing yourself, not having such a strong opinion that you can’t hear anybody else, some kind of loving action will come out of that.”

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