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Jeff Bridges on ‘R.I.P.D.’: ‘I Was a Little Underwhelmed’

Jeff Bridges is understated but disapproving about the disappointing performance of “R.I.P.D.,” one of the summer’s biggest flops, in the October issue of GQ magazine.

I had such a great time working on that movie,” he told GQ of the supernatural comedy in which he starred. “I remember what we were doing. I thought, This could be fun to see. And when I saw it, I was a little underwhelmed. For my mind, the studio made some, uh, choices that I wouldn’t have made.”

The Universal film cost $130 million to make and failed to break even. It generated only $33 million domestically and $68 million worldwide. It was also panned by critics, scoring a 25/100 on Metacritic and a 13% on Rotten Tomatoes. Variety’s Scott Foundas called the film a “generally uninspired mashup of ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Men in Black’,” though he praised Bridges’ performance.

“I remember when someone pitched me the project, I couldn’t quite grasp what they were talking about,” Bridges says in the interview.

Bridges also comments on watching the box office numbers after a movie’s release.

“It’s kind of fun when the movie’s coming out,” he says. “It’s like having a horse in the race. And they’re lining up, and they’re off! And you’re rooting for your horse. And in this case, the jockey fell off the horse and you came in last.”

“R.I.P.D.,” based on the Dark Horse comicbook “Rest in Peace Department,” starred Bridges and Ryan Reynolds as deceased law enforcement officers who patrol the afterlife for spirits that have failed to make the crossover from Earth.

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