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The Os­car win­ner, 68, stars as an enig­matic pri­est in en­sem­ble thriller Bad Times at the El Royale along­side Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth and Dakota John­son.

What in­trigued you about this film?

It’s the kind I en­joy see­ing my­self, where you think you’ve got it fig­ured out but you haven’t.

You grew up in Hol­ly­wood. What words of wis­dom did your par­ents, Dorothy and Lloyd Bridges, have?

I re­mem­ber go­ing off to do a movie when I was still liv­ing at home and, as I was get­ting into my car, my mother would give me a hug and say, “Now Jeff, don’t take any of this too se­ri­ously and have fun.” I still think of that of­ten. My wife will give me that same di­rec­tion even now as I go off to a movie, be­cause no mat­ter how many times I’ve heard it, I still get anx­ious.

Af­ter all these years?

Sure, es­pe­cially if it’s a project I think is good. You want to do that story jus­tice.

What ad­vice did your fa­ther have?

He loved act­ing. When he came on set he had such joy and was so ex­cited. That is con­ta­gious. That’s the great­est thing I learned from my dad.

Do you have a motto for life?

“Love” comes to mind. That sums it up.

“He is flawed and very in­ter­est­ing,” Bridges says of his El Royale char­ac­ter.

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