Shalom Life | July 19, 2015

Michael Fassbender to play The Dude in Live-Reading of ‘The Big Lebowski’

The iconic comedy will be showcased in the form of a live-reading at the Just For Laughs Festival

By: Daina Goldfinger

Published: July 16th, 2015 in Culture » Stage » News

Photo: Michael Fassbender as The Dude

Credit: Consequence of Sound


Perhaps the biggest cult film of all time (perhaps eclipsed only by Pulp Fiction), The Big Lebowski, is being brought to Montreal’s popular Just For Laughs comedy festival in the form of a live reading.

The Big Lebowski is our number one favorite Jewish stoner movie, and was directed by brothers Joel and Ethan Coen. It is a film that has indeed carried over to impact many individuals’ lives on a daily basis.

Now, Jason Reitman, director of Up in the Air and Juno, has commissioned a live reading of the hilarious film for the notorious Montreal comedy festival.

Along with Reitman, Michael Fassbender and Patton Oswalt will be joining the live reading. Fassbender will play the role of The Dude – something that has garnered controversial feedback since Fassbender is more of a serious and controlled character, which to them I say, haven't you seen Frank?

Despite these objections, Reitman tells Entertainment Weekly that he has confidence in Fassbender’s prospective performance.

“I heard from Simon Kinberg, who’s in Montreal now producing X-Men: Apocalypse, that not only is Fassbender an enormous fan of The Big Lebowski, but he apparently quotes it daily,” explained Reitman. “Unlike other Live-Reads where I have a decent sense of how, for instance, Seth Rogen going to play The Dude, I have no idea how Fassbender will do it. But He’s one of the our greatest performers, he’s on the current Mount Rushmore of actors, so I can’t wait to see what he comes up with.”

Fans can buy tickets to the show in Montreal on July 24.

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