Tara Reid talks about making her new 'Big Lebowski 2' spoof for FunnyOrDie -- EXCLUSIVE

Earlier this year, Tara Reid was widely mocked for incorrectly stating that work would soon begin on The Big Lebowski 2. (Those who had a little fun at Ms. Reid’s expense included Lebowski auteur Ethan Coen, who declared “I’m glad she’s working on it. We’ll watch it when it comes out.”) Now the American Pie actress has turned that frown upside down (and really tied her mistake together) by making a fake Big Lebowski 2 trailer for FunnyOrDie.com. Reid plays every important character from the original classic comedy, except for her actual role of trophy wife and nail polish enthusiast Bunny Lebowski.

“We just thought it was the perfect opportunity to do something,” says Christopher Farah, who directed the clip (below) which, we feel obliged to point out, echoes the Coens’ movie by featuring both an expletive and excreta. “It was a really great experience. I honestly had no idea what to expect with someone who has a name and also maybe a reputation. But Tara was well grounded and very enthusiastic. I talked to all of my friends about this as soon as it was done. I was like, ‘Wow, you wouldn’t believe how incredibly cool Tara Reid is!'”

But why exactly did she claim there was going to be a Big Lebowski sequel? “I never asked,” laughs Farah. “You’re certainly more than welcome to ask her yourself.”

Which is just what we did. After the jump, Tara Reid herself talks about her gaffe, making the Lebowski 2 clip, and the forthcoming American Pie 4 (which, unlike Big Lebowski 2 is, apparently, real).

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So why did you say there was going to be a Big Lebowski sequel?
TARA REID
: I was in Europe, and my mom called me up and she said, “I was watching Entertainment Tonight and Jeff Bridges was on it, and he said that everyone’s coming back for a sequel.” I was like, “Great, that sounds amazing.” So that’s what happened there. Then FunnyOrDie came to me and said “How about making a spoof on Big Lebowski 2?” And I said, “That’s a great idea.”

Did you have any contact with the Coens after you said there was going to be a sequel?
No, I didn’t.

But you would be up for doing Lebowski 2?
Oh, of course. Just working with the Coen brothers again would be amazing, you know? And Jeff Bridges. It was quite a cast: John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore. It was fun.

Christopher Farah told me he put together a reel together of scenes from the original movie to help you do the impersonations. What was it like looking at that?
It was good. I said to Chris, “I really want to nail these characters, otherwise it’s not going to work.” So I just kept on studying each character.

What’s the secret to doing a good Jeff Bridges impression?
Well, when you’re Jeff Bridges as The Dude, it’s different. He’s like, “Yeah man, come on, I’m the Dude, man!” It was fun playing that. And then John Goodman’s character is always mad. He’s like, “Goddamn it, Donny, shut the f— up!’”

Do you watch The Big Lebowski much?
I mean, I don’t watch it every day or anything like that…

I do, pretty much.
Do you really? That’s hilarious. No, I watch it maybe twice a year. I think they’re geniuses, the Coen brothers. I’m a fan of all their movies. I liked them. They were great to work with, they were so nice, they were so giving, they work with great actors. It was just an all-round great experience.

Jeff Bridges once told me that he still has the Dude’s clothes in his wardrobe. Do you still have Bunny’s bikini?
No, they didn’t give it to me, in case we had to do retakes. I wish. It would have been nice to keep. [Laughs]

What can you tell us about American Pie 4?
They say we’re shooting at the end of May. They’re very secretive. They’re still rewriting the script. Once we get it, we’re going to only get our own stuff. Like, you can’t read the rest of the storyline. They’re really crazy about it.

Read more:
Tara Reid says she has not been cast in ‘Piranha 3DD’
Sorry Bunny, there’s no ‘Big Lebowski’ sequel

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  • Skar

    Never thought I’d say this, but…

    Good job Tara Reid!

  • Hollywhy

    Well played, Ms. Reid. Well played.

    • Lowkey

      >I love awards seoasn! I have been so bad about going to the movies I haven’t seen anything! (other than Due Date which was not good but I have a not-so-secret love for Robert Downey Jr!). All of these are on my list for the coming weeks! But first up is Harry Potter, which the husband and I are going to see for our New Year’s Eve date tomorrow

  • derek

    It was worth it just for the shot of Tara Reid in the viking costume.

  • Skar

    What the hell, I’ll upgrade it to great job. Hope she gets more opportunities to bring the funny. I’m especially partial to her Buscemi.

  • LOL

    I was hoping it’d be funnier.

  • Bobby F

    No offense, but if this is the only thing she has to talk about, than that is sad. She did American Pie and this. Nothing much else of note. To milk something from over 10 years ago…well…it’s just sad.

    • Neil

      She had a memorable recurring role on Scrubs, too.

  • kh

    God, that’s terrible.

    The Coen Bros should sue.

  • Phil

    Definitely worth watching…!

  • Lawrence

    This is a disgrace, you don’t make parody’s to legend films.

  • Sambo Ronson

    Someone should tell this twit and Lindsay Lohan that it isn’t all that witty & clever to “poke fun” at themselves when they have nothing else going on…. Everyone is still laughing AT you, not with you

  • Mr Eko

    Unwatchable. Tara Reid looks and sounds like a muchkin from wizard of oz in that clip.

  • DizzySnazzle

    She’s clearly been through the ringer. She looks and sounds about 15 years and 150,000 packs of cigs and $150,000 worth of plastic surgery over the hill compared to other actresses her age. Still, it was a valiant effort and (relatively) impressive. I could see it getting her a little bit of work, but not much.

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