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Bridges urges Trump to read his Zen book

AAP logoAAP 7/01/2017 David Mercer

Jeff Bridges has urged Donald Trump to read his book about Zen philosophy as the film star had his hands and feet immortalised in cement in Hollywood.

The Oscar-winner said he believed President-elect Trump could learn from his book, The Dude And The Zen Master, which considers parallels between his famous character in cult film The Big Lebowski and the tenets of Buddhism.

After taking part in the traditional Hollywood ceremony, Bridges, 67, told the Press Association: "I think we all could learn something from The Dude.

"Years ago a good friend of mine who happens to be a Zen Master, Bernie Glassman, came up to me and said: 'You realise in Buddhist circles, The Dude is considered to be a Zen Master ... it's filled with Buddhist knowledge. We've got to bring Buddhism into the modern times.'

"So we wrote a book. So maybe Trump should read that book ... We talk about all of the good ideas that that movie has hidden in it."

Bridges drew a picture in the cement of his character Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, the stoned slacker with a passion for bowling from the Coen Brothers' 1998 cult classic.

He was joined at the hand and foot print ceremony outside the TCL Chinese Theatre by Hollywood stars Sharon Stone and Chris Pine, who appears alongside Bridges in his latest film Hell Or High Water.

Bridges is nominated for a Golden Globe for best supporting actor for his performance in the movie when the awards ceremony is held on Sunday.

Bridges has been a leading man in Hollywood since the 1970s, with starring roles in Thunderbolt And Lightfoot opposite Clint Eastwood, Tron and Starman.

He won the Best Actor Oscar in 2010 for his performance as a down-and-out country music singer in Crazy Heart.

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