Jeff Bridges’ new TV show was still in production when the veteran actor was diagnosed with lymphoma.
Speaking exclusively to Sky News, bridges “I had cancer, chemotherapy and then COVID on top of that,” he says. “The chemotherapy stripped me of my immune system so I did badly with COVID.
“I have been sick for about two years and [it was] Like a very dreamy, you know.”
The beloved star, known for roles including The Big Lebowski, True Grit, Crazy Heart and Tron, says that despite months in the hospital, he tried to see the best in the situation.
“It’s not all bad – [there were] Great parts about being sick was kind of unexpected, you know, feeling all this love that’s coming towards me from my family and friends and from other people all over the world,” he says.
“that was [an] An unexpected and wonderful feeling, and then also the love that this kind of thing evoked for me.
“I said, ‘Oh yeah, that’s life, that’s cool,'” and everything became so precious during that time.”
In January 2021, bridges Share an exciting cancer updatetelling fans that his tumor had “drastically shrunk”.
Once his condition improved, he says, returning to work made his time in the hospital seem like a fever dream.
“We took off from the pandemic and had a few months off and this is where my health adventure began.
“And two years later, I was back at work and this was the weirdest feeling—it was like we had a long weekend and I couldn’t wait to tell my buddies this dream I had: I was sick, I was in the hospital, you know, it was all like a dream.
“But I’m on my feet and I’m glad to be here.”
The Academy Award-winning actor, 72, says he now feels satisfied and happy to promote his show — the first time he’s had a recurring role on TV since he was a kid.
“My dad, Lloyd Bridges, has done a lot of TV series, and I can tell you from his experience what a tough job he was and how he was concerned about it that you felt like you didn’t have enough time to really give him the best shot of it — the story, your performance, etc. To that — and I was a little worried about that,” he says. “I think that’s what prevented me from getting involved in television work.
“But now, oh my gosh, the great stuff that comes out of TV and content, there’s so much of it and it’s in high quality, I thought to myself, the best experience with this.”
Bridges says after meeting with The Old Man creator John Steinberg and others behind the series, he confirmed that the best software makers would be hired to work on it.
In the end, he says, “it was no different than making a movie.”
Filled with action scenes—Bridges says he doesn’t think he’s done that many before—the series tells the story of a former CIA agent on the run.
And while the show is called The Old Man, the main character doesn’t fit stereotypes of old people – although Stas admits he has his own moments.
“One of the things that makes me feel old is that I’m not so fast-ready with all the TikTok-ing and livestreaming, Facebook and phones,” he says.
“You know, I’m not doing any of that, so I’m kind of left behind on those things. And definitely moving fast, I’ll tell you.”
The Old Man launches at Disney Plus on September 28