You often wear cowboy hats in movies. Do you wear cowboy hats in real life?
Sure, yeah. I keep the cowboy hat from each movie. I've got a slew of them. They're hanging on the hooks there [at Bridges' ranch] in Montana and where I live in Santa Barbara.
Speaking of Montana, you once published a five-day conversation you had with Zen teacher Bernie Glassman at your ranch. What is it about Montana?
It's very dear to my heart. We've had a ranch there for going on 40 years. I did a bunch of movies up there. My first movie up there was Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. I just felt, the first time I set foot in Montana, I thought, "Oh, I've got to get a place here. There's just something magical about it."
The second movie I did in Montana, Rancho Deluxe, was very important in my life -- that's the movie I met my wife on. Tom McGuane wrote that script, and Jimmy Buffett is a great friend of Tom's, and he was on the set and actually wrote a tune for that movie. Jimmy's been a friend all those years. Wherever I go, I find music. In movies, wherever, there's always somebody who likes to pick, that kind of thing.
Your character cranks up music during a big car chase for some added "giddy-up." What's your "giddy-up" music?
You know, some good Hank [Williams] or some up-country tunes. "My Bucket's Got a Hole in It" or "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)." You know, it's hard to beat Hank. I'm here in Austin honoring Kris Kristofferson -- he's certainly a great country musician. I'm staying at the Van Zandt hotel in Austin, named after Townes Van Zandt -- he was a great country artist. Waylon, you know -- wonderful. Willie [Nelson]. Johnny Cash.