Jeff Bridges has gone on record as saying “I don’t dig Trump,” but now that the former “Celebrity Apprentice” star has gone from dark horse candidate to president-elect, the actor who’ll forever be known as “The Dude” says he’s willing to give Donald Trump the benefit of the doubt.
During a press junket for his new film “Hell or High Water”, appearing with co-star Ben Foster, Bridges admits that what will happen after Trump moves into the White House in January remains uncertain.
“This is new turf,” he says. “Who knows what’s going to happen? I don’t know. I’m rooting for the guy and I hope he does well by the country. I’m going to work with him to do all of those things. But at the same time, I find — I ended up not voting for the guy.”
In fact, Bridges the actor says he finds Trump’s constant contradictions to be fascinating — and even encouraging. “Some of the things he says, I am all for. One of the most encouraging things about him is — I’m trying to say — is his unpredictability, you might say hypocrisy. Hypocrisy and unpredictability — each of us, we all have aspects of that. But uh, the fact that he can change his positions. At once say Hillary, she was such a great person, we are honoured. And to trash her a few moments before‚ that’s kind of fascinating.”
In fact, Bridges says that Trump’s victory speech actually gives him some hope for the future. “I love what Trump said about — any people that didn’t vote for me, I want to let you know that I am looking forward to your guidance and working with you. That was so encouraging. I thought a lot of his speech was, if you took it out of context and just showed that, wow, great, man. I’m for that. Let’s go.”