Jeff Bridges ‘finds himself’ in Cape Town

2013-11-07 15:50

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Hollywood actor Jeff Bridges appears to be “finding himself” between gruelling film shoots around Cape Town.

A source close to The Giver, a R30 million movie production being filmed around the city, told City Press that Bridges was glued to Alan Watts’ life guide book, The Wisdom of Insecurity, when cameras stopped rolling.

The book explores humanity’s quest for psychological security and spirituality in an age of uncertainty.

The 63-year-old actor garnered a cult following for playing White Russian-quaffing The Dude in the wry comedy, The Big Lebowski.

It is unclear whether he stayed clear of the booze on set among the sand dunes of Atlantis on the West Coast today, but staff described him as “amazing” and bookish nevertheless.

“Jeff is amazing and brings a level of confidence to the set that makes everyone perform well. His movements are subtle and very measured, the result is astonishing,” said the source, who did not want to be named.

“Jeff is reading most of the time when he is not shooting,” he added.

The Giver features an array of celebrities apart from Bridges. The star cast, presently shacked up in Cape Town, includes Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift and Alexander Skarsgård.

The source added that Holmes “spends her time FaceTime-ing her friends back home”. Suri, Holmes’ daughter with Tom Cruise, joined the actress on a game drive in the Karoo two weeks ago, but was not seen on the film set.

Holmes made international headlines this week when news broke that she was in talks to star in the movie version of Fifty Shades of Grey.

The source described Swedish heart-throb Skarsgård, best known for his role as vampire Eric Northman in True Blood, as “a very gentle and kind type of guy”.

Bridges recently shunned the city’s well-heeled circles in favour of a “moerse party” in Observatory, considered one of the city’s more bohemian suburbs.

He was seen grooving to local reggae band The Rudimentals at a club called Trenchtown on Saturday evening two weeks ago.

The club’s owner, Anthony Hendricks, said about 600 people – including Bridges – rocked up at the R20 per person jol. “Ja, the bar staff recognised Jeff. It was hectically busy. It was a moerse party!”

The Giver, by Phillip Noyce, who also directed Salt with Angelina Jolie, is based on the 1993 dystopian teen novel by Lois Lowry. Shooting will continue in Paarl, in the Winelands, next week.

The movie insider was full of praise for Noyce: “The director Phillip Noyce is amazing and does everything himself. He motivates the actors nonstop for 18 hours a day.”

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